It’s not very often I sit through a movie and feel like they literally hit the nail on the head in many ways pertaining to real life issues and trials. It’s even less often that movie features a war story where I really feel like my life can apply to what is being said. My husband is not a war veteran. In fact, I have no ties to the war at all so going into this movie, I never thought I’d be able to relate as much as I found I could.
Let me start by saying, I am a huge, huge fan of Sarah Drew and Justin Bruening. Like major fan girl over here. I’ve followed Justin since his All My Children Days and I basically love anything Sarah does. The two of them together make all of my Grey’s Anatomy dreams come true. But, what I love most about both of them is how passionate they are about their love for Jesus. They show that love and dedication in everything they do when it comes to their careers. There’s something to be said about a cast who literally plays every role while honoring their faith with such ease and adoration.
INDIVISIBLE is about a family who is separated by war. But, what I love is the story isn’t focused on that alone. The story is focused on God and their foundation as a couple and as a family and how that focus and faith has been tested. This movie shows the highest of high’s and lowest of low’s when it comes to marriage and questioning our faith.
Let’s be real for a second. It’s HARD being a Christian. It’s not easy to put our faith out there and constantly be questioned by people. It’s not easy when you’re expected to be perfect all the time, because of your faith. I struggle daily with what I should or shouldn’t be doing or saying. “Am I making the best example for my kids? For my neighbors?” I ask myself regularly. I try to be really intentional with my actions. But, just, because I’m Christian, definitely doesn’t mean I’ll get it right every single time. But, guess what? That’s okay. If we were perfect all the time, we would have no need to seek God and His word and plan for us.
Am I right?
Bruening’s character Darren goes through some major life trials pertaining to his tour in Iraq as an Army Chaplain. We see some of the awful realities of what our soldiers go through everyday. But, what I loved watching his characters faith journey go from completely giving his whole life to God and trusting in Him, to crumbling and completely questioning God’s role and why He would let some of the things happen that He has. We watched his character really struggle with his faith and his wife struggling with how to be there for him during this trial.
We watched real life. I may not be able to relate to the army aspect of the movie, but as a Christian wife and mom, I could 100% relate to the struggles that every Christian man or woman goes through. Life isn’t always perfect. While I do trust God and love him, I have struggled with my own trials and questioning Him. I’m Christian, but I’m human. Just like these characters in this movie are. I think everyone could see themselves in one of the characters of the movie. And the best part? There is a redemption in this story. There is a real process of grieving and anger that we see turn into love and understanding.
If you are someone who has struggled with a trial in your life; whether it be saying goodbye to a loved one as they go off to fight for our country in the war, or losing a parent or a child, or even going through a health scare or loss of employment. Basically any trial in your life; even if you aren’t Christian, you can relate to the process of grief and anger these characters go through in this movie. Maybe it can help you to turn to your community and loved ones and God and seek Him through whatever it is you’re going through.
The entire cast is incredible and it’s obvious they poured their hearts into these roles to really bring them and their stories to life. If you want to spend a few hours watching a movie with an incredible message and redemption story of a family who has gone through some awful trials, but with God as their foundation are able to work through those hard times and cling to their faith even when it didn’t seem possible; this movie is for you.
I encourage you to take a date night and go see this movie. Grab your girlfriends for a girl’s night or take your teenage kids. Be intentional with your time and when you’re done watching the movie? Talk about it. I promise you it’s okay to not be perfect all the time and you are not the only one who goes through trials or questions your faith. What matters is how you spend your time and moments trying to work through it like the characters in this movie did. I hope you enjoy the story and watching this family work through some very real and relatable issues and come out on the other side as much as I did.