The movie unplanned is a movie full of emotion that generates many feelings among those who view it. For myself two things came instantly to mind. The first I’ve already written about, namely the movie being a modern version of the China Syndrome except based on fact rather than fiction. The second is more profound a verse of scripture that perfectly encapsulates the key moment of the film.
In Acts Chapter 9 Saul of Tarsus the persecutor of Christians is blinded by the Light of the Lord and led to the city of Damascus where he had intended to continue the persecution of followers of Christ. As he waits and prays the Lord appears to a follower of Christ in the city
There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.”
The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is there praying, and (in a vision) he has seen a man named Ananias come in and lay (his) hands on him, that he may regain his sight.“
As a rule you don’t see a whole lot of people talking back to God But Ananias knew who Saul was and the thought of going before him was so shocking that he was willing to actually question God over it.
But Ananias replied, “Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man, what evil things he has done to your holy ones in Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison all who call upon your name.”
God however puts an end to the discussion with these words in verse 15
But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and Israelites,
He then in verse 16 follows with the words that came instantly to my mind at the critical moment of the film (emphasis mine)
“and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name.“
Some people think the most horrible things in this movie is the view of the abortion on the screen and the of the POB room. These are things that the showing of what the left and the media have conspired to keep unseen from people’s eyes and to be sure they are terrible things.
But for me the scene the real horror and the critical moment of the film is the suffering of Abby Johnson when the realization of what she has done and the full weight of it strikes her. That is the moment when God shows her what she will have to suffer for his name.
Interestingly this scene occurs twice is the film once at the start and once when the flashback is complete. Generally a scene that is repeated in a movie doesn’t convey as much emotion as the 1st time it is seen, but for me it is the flashback and the years of dedication she had to her task that makes the critical moment of the film what it is.
In that moment Abby Johnson sees herself in the light of truth. It’s a glorious gift because that moment makes possible all the good she has done and all the lives she has touched but like Paul the price of the removal of her blindness means facing the pain cause by what she has done.
I don’t know if I could handle a moment like this. Abby Johnson handles such a moment every day of her life.