If you

ever get a chance to, you should watch the movie Evan Almighty , if for

no other reason than Steve Carell is in it (and he’s hilarious). The premise of

the movie is that Evan Baxter (Carell) is a newly appointed Congressman who is

approached by God, played by Morgan Freeman, and is asked to build an ark but

isn’t given the reason as to why. Evan’s wife, Joan, shows much doubt about her

husband’s “crazy” project, and its effects on their 3 sons. In the middle of

the movie, one of the best parts occurs, and if you blink, you’ll miss it.

Joan, sitting in a restaurant, by herself is approached by God (Freeman), who

is posing as a waiter named, “Al Mighty.”

Al:       I love that story, Noah and the Ark.  You know, a lot of people miss the point of

that story. They think it’s about God’s wrath and anger. They love it when God

gets angry.

Joan: What is the story about then? The ark?

Al:       Well, I think it’s a love story about believing in each other.

You know, the animals showed up in pairs. They stood by each other, side by

side, just like Noah and his family. Everybody entered the ark side by side.

Joan:  But my husband says God told him to do it. What do you do with


Al:       Sounds like an opportunity. Let me ask you something. If one

prays for patience, do you think God gives them patience? Or does He give them

the opportunity to be patient? If they pray for courage, does God give them

courage, or does He give them opportunities to be courageous? If one prayed for

their family to be closer, you think God zaps them with warm, fuzzy feelings?

Or does He give them opportunities to love each other? Well, I got to run. A

lot of people to serve. Enjoy.


have you been praying for lately? Do you think God is going to zap you with it?

Or do you think He’s going to give you opportunity for it? Open your eyes. Look

around. Opportunity is all around you.