Today I took 4 teenage girls (my daughter, niece, and two girls from church) to see Soul Surfer. It is the story of a young surfer named Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and went on to pursue her dream of being a professional surfer. We originally heard her story in 2005 when we read it in the Pentecostal Evangel magazine that we get at church each week. When my daughter saw the preview for the movie, she remembered the article (it must have made a big impact on her!) and wanted to see it.
I have to tell you, this movie was amazing. From the time the shark attacked until the end, my tears were flowing. Not all sad tears. I went through many emotions actually. It caused me to remember when my own child was viciously attacked by a dog when he was 23 months old and knowing what the parents were going through as they felt helpless. I had empathy for Bethany when she poured out her feelings to her church youth leader (Carrie Underwood) about why God would allow something like that to happen to her. I cried tears of sorrow as she struggled to adjust to her new life and tears of joy as she succeeded.
My daughter has talked non stop about this movie since we got home and told me that she MUST HAVE it when it comes out on DVD. Isn’t it amazing how God can take a tragedy that happened in 2003 and use it to make a difference in the lives of people today?