“Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life” – Oscar Wilde.
If you haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War I HIGHLY suggest you save this blog until you do. MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!!
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a major movie enthusiast, especially if it includes superheroes (Marvel over DC every time…sorry, not sorry). So when Avengers: Infinity War was released I knew I had to see it as soon as possible.
If you know me you also know that as a filmmaker, it’s very hard for me to sit and watch a film or tv series without overanalyzing everything and hence I usually figure out the big twists before the climax (blessing and a curse). That being said, I DID NOT see the ending for Infinity War coming, and I was just as shook as everyone else. However, it was during the analysis process that a few things stood out to me, including some parallels that I could draw between the film and my spiritual life.
- Life is a series of choices; your choices make all the difference – As much as we like to believe we have very little control over our own lives, this isn’t always necessarily true. Does everyone start off on the same plane? No. Is it always fair? Absolutely not. But at the end of the day, what you do with whatever situations you’ve been placed in is ultimately YOUR decision. As I’ve stated before in a previous blog (https://asdawkins.wordpress.com/2017/06/20/life-blog-work-the-deck/), some people have some extremely unfortunate situations (to put it lightly) that truly change the course of their lives, but even in those situations, there are choices to be made. [PS. My heart goes out to everyone facing what seems like an impossible situation right now.]
2. We don’t always understand, and that’s okay – There were more than a few moments during Infinity War when I wanted to throw something at the screen and scream “What the hell are you doing??!” The truth is, we don’t always understand people’s actions, but we sometimes get clarity when we understand their motives. Many times we’re quick to judge each other because the action doesn’t seem to make any sort of sense. However, if we understand someone’s motive for doing something a specific way, the action would make more sense. Sometimes we have to allow people to make their own mistakes and learn their own lessons without casting judgment, especially when we don’t understand their backstory.
3. Most importantly, ALL things work together for good. – This was probably the most important lesson I learned from this movie. I know by now you may all be thinking I’ve completely lost my mind. “Did she even SEE the end of the movie??” Let me explain. [SPOILER]
There’s a scene in the film where some of the Avengers were trying to figure out how to defeat Thanos. The conversation went something like:
Dr. Strange: I went forward in time to see all the possible outcomes of the present situation.
Peter: How many did you see?
Dr. Strange: Fourteen million six hundred and five.
Tony: How many do we win?
Dr. Strange: One.
Those chances are less than slim. They’re literally next to impossible. And when you see the end of the movie it makes you question so many decisions made, including why in the world would Dr. Strange just hand over the Time Stone to Thanos??
But it made me really think, if Strange knew the ONLY outcome that would be the best outcome for the universe – the one where they would all win, would he really willingly hand over the stone and leave the universe in doom forever? Himself included?
This is where my parallel was drawn. I’ve often heard people say “Why would an All powerful, all knowing God allow the evil to happen in the world?” And trust me, I get it. There are a lot of horrible, horrific things that happen on a day to day basis. There are so many things I just do not understand, and so many things I can’t wait to question God about. But why would an all knowing, all powerful God allow these things to happen and then promise the outcome is for OUR good? It seems almost sadistic. Sometimes it seems like with all the good we (The Avengers) do in the world, it can never outweigh the bad. Sometimes it seems like we’re fighting a losing battle.
The truth is Jesus is the true Avenger. God is the ONLY one who has walked to the end of TIME and seen ALL the different possibilities and He still allows some things to happen, while still promising us that in the end, it will be for our good. Just like in Infinity War, I didn’t understand what Dr. Strange did. I couldn’t understand the end of the film. HOW are they going to fix this when half of the universe has literally disappeared and it seems like the bad guy (Thanos) has won? But just as I’m trusting Dr. Strange and Marvel to come up with the most creative way to fix the situation and give the victory to the good guys, it’s the same way my faith in God works. All is not lost. I choose to trust the all-powerful, Omniscient God of the Universe to work EVERYTHING out for good in the end and place victory where it truly belongs. I trust Him to write and “right” the script of this world, and in the end, we will all look back at His MARVELous works in celebration.
The real power is not in controlling free will, but causing all the chaos and madness that our free will creates to still have the absolute best outcome in the end.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.