Review by Ify
A film where logic and faith battle to the end. Pain, faith and identity are touched on – issues that every person has encountered at least once in their lifetime, making the impossible situation featured relatable. It’s the same reason we can relate to the characters in the bible, despite not experiencing what they’ve been through.
From the beginning, the quote “yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose” is imprinted in our minds. It prepares the viewer to anticipate a battle; we’re unsure of what it will be, but we know it’s coming.
The film explores identity in various ways. John questions his as he can’t quite shake the feeling of rejection – his birth parents ‘didn’t want him’ and his attitude at the beginning shows that he carries the label on his shoulders.
The rescuer denies his identity as someone who is dearly loved by God. Despite hearing God clearly when he’s in the water, he refuses to believe that the Holy Spirit directed him. “Either I’m nuts, or God is talking to me”, he picked insanity over hearing the voice of God. For us, it’s a reminder that God is able to use anybody and anything to display His faithfulness.
The unbelief displayed by the rescuer is one thing. We expected it, he hasn’t given his life to Christ. The unbelief displayed by almost everyone else is a bitter pill to swallow – are we the same, would we fall into that category and be agents of unbelief? The rest of the main characters are Christians, they’re praying, but you can see the doubt in the whispered conversations and the glances they give one another. When a situation seems impossible, doubt will creep in and hold on tightly. Unbelief can be the yeast that spreads and destroys your faith if you let it.
The character who challenged and inspired was of course – John’s mother. From a place of despair, she dragged up all the faith inside of her and prayed ‘Please Holy Spirit breathe life into my son!’ – and that is exactly what happened. The authority she spoke with, was her claiming back what heaven had already given to her. When the doctor said he couldn’t do anything for John, she replied ‘I need you to do your best and let God do the rest’. Throughout John’s care, his mother refused to allow anybody to speak negatively about him; she placed a demand on every person involved in his care, and every well wisher to ‘speak life over John’.
Although her faith, to the viewer seemed tenacious and unrelenting, the turning point still came when she fully surrendered to the will of God – which we must always do.
The panel discussion gave the opportunity to discuss the key things that came up and our guests Susan Deborahs and Rev Wonu Adefala shared so much wisdom.
We were reminded that ‘when God says no, it’s for my good. When God says yes it’s for my good. When God says wait, it’s for my good.’ Susan Deborahs explained that this is how she prevents situations from impacting her faith. Susan Deborahs also touched on how John’s mum raised a standard and ensured that the atmosphere and environment was aligned with her faith.
Rev Wonu highlighted that ‘the strength of every believer is in their communion with God, not in their warfare’ this observation helped explain why the Mother’s turning point wasn’t in her warring for her sons life, but when she was sincere and surrendered to God. A valuable lesson for us as believers to commune with God always so that we can know Him and His will.
The ﬁnal thing for us to take away from the ﬁlm and our panel discussion was shared by Dami, founder of KF Media. In all things, we must continue to judge God faithful. Because he is, and that’s that on that.