This weekend AtTheMovies was all about Jurassic Park–the original. Pastor Todd Mullins delivered a compelling message on what the movie teaches us about life. Here are a few notes (with additional thoughts):

1. Life cannot be controlled

We all have control issues to some degree. John Hammond has extensive control issues. He makes all the dinosaurs female. He is present at every hatching. He uses high voltage fences to contain the carnivores, etc. Right after he explains the rational behind these practices, Dr. Ian Malcolm gives a telling lecture:

Life finds a way. It cannot be contained. It cannot be controlled. No matter how hard we try. Because Life is not ours to control–it is God’s. He created it. He directs it. He gives it purpose and meaning. Our job is to lean on him, trust him, and follow him where he leads.

2. When we try to control everything, we think we can fix everything. 

No matter how much John Hammond controls the creatures, they are out of his control. In the following scene, he tries fix the park problem but the park ultimately can’t be fixed–not by anything he can do.

3. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect. 

God allows trials into our lives for our own good. Our struggles today make us strong for tomorrow. Sometimes God lets everything we rely on fall apart so we’ll look to him.

John Hammond has to lose a lot of people, have all his attempts to save the park fail, before he is ready to admit that Jurassic Park is not ready for the outside world.

Three things we can control:

1. What we think.

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. ~ Colossians 3:2 (ESV)

2. What we see–so look up!

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. ~ Psalm 121:1-2 (ESV)

3. What we do–so don’t give up!

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13 (ESV)