Philippians 4:6 New International Version (NIV)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
I love science fiction. Many times there are elements in the storyline that carry a person to a different way of thinking and expression.
My latest favorite is the movie After Earth, starring Will Smith who plays a Ranger Corp General who has a young son eager to please his father and follow in his footsteps. It’s more a movie about coming of age than science fiction. It didn’t get the greatest reviews in some circles, but I tend to like movies that are unconventional.
In this movie, Will’s character is trying to help his son survive by remote communication after their ship crash landed on a desolate planet earth. His son is young and just starting his service. He is scared, inexperienced and wants very badly to please his father. All this is exacerbated by the predators that surround him and the urgency of his mission.
There is a moment when his son is extremely agitated, and his father tells him to “take a knee”. It is an action where he gets down on one knee, bows his head, and spends a moment regrouping and reassessing his situation before moving on.
Sounds like prayer, doesn’t it?
When things all around us get hectic, there are predators (absolutely), dangers, and distractions (outward in inward). That is the perfect time to stop, regroup, and reassess the situation before moving on. We need to “take a knee”. If we don’t do this we can be running into situations without the right mindset, not knowing which enemy to fight and how to do it.
Is everything around you in chaos? Are you frightened because your enemies seem insurmountable? Are you wounded and alone?
Your first step should always be to pray. God will give you the knowledge and wisdom you need to move forward.
Get down on that knee!