Scripture: Genesis 8:20-21
20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though[a] every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.
One of my favorite movies is “Bruce Almighty.” It’s not because of Jim Carrey’s comedic performance and how life would be if Jim Carrey was given the powers of God, nor is it because of Jennifer Aniston, although the scene where Bruce hears how often she prays for him is really sweet. No, it’s because of Morgan Freeman. In my mind, God personified is totally Morgan Freeman. Now don’t get me wrong… I know that God Incarnate is our Lord and Savior, but you know how Renaissance artists and non-Renaissance artists always depict God with the flowing while beard and white hair? (Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel springs to mind… him, and the animators from “The Simpsons.”) Well, in my mind, the ideal artistic representation of God is Morgan Freeman. (Another funny thing about “Bruce” is how the director snuck little religious aspects into the film. During a party scene, Bruce pours water from a carafe into a wine glass and turns into red wine in the glass. In another part, at the height of Bruce’s bacchanalian debauchery, he is seen leaning on a golden calf. OK, I watched the film yesterday. I’ll admit to it.)
A follow-up to “Bruce Almighty” was “Evan Almighty.” In “Evan,” our title character did not get to be God, instead he was dispatched to build an Ark. There is an environmental undertone to the film and, of course, gratuitious animal poo jokes but the core of the film is how, in building the ark, Evan reconnected with his wife and children and even gave a homeless dog a home.
In the end, it was revealed that while God did tell Evan to build an ark and in fact, supplied him with all of the necesscary materials… including “Ark Building for Dummies,” it was through Evan’s Acts of Random Kindness that the world around him was changed for the better. Did you catch that? Act of Random Kindness. Yup. ARK.
So, I hope you enjoyed today’s devotion. Unless indicated, all devotions are out of my brain, so if you don’t like them, you can tell me. 🙂 I will try to post additional musings as time permits, but no promises. Don’t forget to enter to win an autographed copy of Little Star by Anthony DeStefano. You have until Dec 13! Click Here to see the post where you can enter!