We disconnected our TV satellite and now subscribe to Netflix for our viewing choices. My husband said he could live without ESPN, and I knew I could…So while I’m on the bike for my knee rehab, I’ve been getting hooked on documentaries (thanks to my daughter’s suggestions). I watched one recently entitled, Life in a Day. I thought it could have been titled, A God’s Eye View. Do you ever watch something and find yourself changed?
This documentary requested video footage worldwide from “your average person” on one day only – July 24, 2010. (I never heard about the request, but I probably wouldn’t have done it anyway.) They received 4,500 hours of footage from 192 countries and scaled it down to 1 1/2 hours. It started at midnight and went through an entire day of our world. It fascinated me.
Some clips were only seconds long, while others lasted a minute or two. Some stories kept popping up throughout the film, interspersed among others. A Korean man biking from country to country. A husband, wife, and their son living with her severe cancer surgery. It depicted all forms of emotions from love, fear, grief, joy. The film truly became a window to the world for me; a God’s eye view. I came away appreciating:
- This world is huge and “my world” is so small. While I’m struggling to find time to run to the grocery store, there’s an eight-year old boy shining shoes in Mexico – so he can eat. While I’m grabbing a lunch date with my loving husband, there’s a lonely woman crying herself to sleep in the Czech Republic.
- Common bonds of fear and love. My fear of rats shared with a man from India. My love of God and family shared with a woman in Zambia.
- I received just a glimpse of what it must be like for God. I appreciate his long-suffering for lost lives; there are so many. Second Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”