We demonstrate the power of Christ by enduring hardship.
M. Night Shyamalan's film Unbreakable begins with a train wreck. Everyone on board is killed—over a hundred people—except for one. David Dunn not only survives the wreck, he walks away without a scratch. Instead of being relieved by his good fortune, he's troubled by this remarkable outcome. Why was he unharmed, and what does it mean? Into Dunn's life comes an eccentric comic book collector named Elijah, who seems equally intrigued by Dunn's survival. Elijah has reason to be interested; he was born with a genetic disorder that leaves his bones especially brittle—so brittle, in fact, that he is known as Mr. Glass. Dunn, on the other hand, has never broken a bone, even after years of playing football. He's never had stitches; never pulled a muscle; never been bruised; never even been sick. Elijah tells David that he's not like other people; he's been given an extraordinary gift that he cannot keep to himself, but must employ in the service and protection of others. For the rest of the film, Dunn struggles to understand and accept his remarkable abilities and the destiny that goes with them. He's unbreakable.
The film is fiction, of course—a comic book fantasy. There are no superheroes walking the streets of our cities. We are all quite breakable. We're a lot more like Mr. Glass than David Dunn. We're fragile and susceptible to disease, accident, injury, violence, germs, and natural disaster. All kinds of things can happen to us in this world that lead to all sorts of questions. Why did this happen, and why to me or to my loved ones? Who or what is behind all this? How am I supposed to handle it? How can we afford to reach out to the world when it takes all we have just to stay healthy and ...
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Bryan Wilkerson is pastor of Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts.