Few actors have achieved a level of success and awards as Tom Hanks. He is the every man. Each character he portrays is so believable and spot on. From the first frame, you instantly believe he is the person in the movie. One of my favorites is the movie “Castaway”. The scene where his character, Chuck, finds himself a plane crash survivor and stranded on a deserted island is pretty much exactly what we would all be like. Chuck is alone, afraid, no skills for survival, unsure what to do, etc. Through each act though, Chuck begins to learn and adapt. He learns how to crack a coconut, build a shelter, and make fire.
The fire scene is so joyful. Chuck tries and tries to start a fire but is unable. After raw and bloodied hands from rubbing sticks together, he finally figures out that the bamboo in which his kindling sits, needs airflow. The spark ignites and the fire blazes. Chuck is so happy and joyful, because now he can cook food, stay warm at night, and actually be civilized in this uncivilized world.
2 Timothy 1:6 - For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God…
Many times in life, through our family, our jobs, misfortunate circumstances, life’s ups and downs, and even life’s shipwrecks, we find ourselves like Chuck - deserted and a castaway. We wonder - What’s going on? How did I get to this place? How did I get out? We feel abandoned and alone. We’re fearful. Maybe we’ve lost that fire. What is the fire? The fire is the spark of God, the calling and touch of God, the voice of God. How do we get that fire back? Fan the flame.
Just like Chuck, fan that spark. Blow life into that flame. Go back to the last thing you know God spoke to you and live there. Listen to His voice. Know His calling. Rest in the provision and warmth of His Words. Be happy and joyful because of that Word and grace which gives life!