I don’t know how many of you have seen this movie. It is a feel good movie. From critics standards, it is not a great film. There are lots of holes in the plot and far fetched possibilities, but, in my opinion, none of that matters.
All my life, I have felt something special in regards to music. I have always known there is more to it than chords and scales. Even more than instruments. There is something inherently spiritual about music. People experience music from all different perspectives. They use music or appreciate music for all different reasons. Some can create it. Others listen intently. All of us can appreciate it deeply.
When I watched this film, it put into words many of the things I have always felt.
I believe very strongly that music is a gift from God. I believe that God has blessed us with something that can’t be explained, but only lived out or experienced. This film showed brilliantly how music is a part of everything around us. And most importantly it is always speaking to us.
Music is not worship, but I believe that music is a direct pathway to worship. I think God’s creation is wrapped up in an amazing symphony. It all works in chord and rhyme. It has all beat and timing.
It’s hard to express all this in words, I can only try and paint pictures.
The character Wizard in the film said this,
“You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars.”
Young August and Wizard were talking at one point and this conversation took place,
August Rush: “It’s like someone’s calling out to me, only some of us can hear it.”
Wizard: “Only some of us are listening.”
This interaction happens in the movie as well,
Juliard Teacher: “How do you do it, how does the music come to you?”
August: “It’s like someone’s calling out to me, writing it all down is like I’m calling back to them”
Juliard Teacher: “Who?”
August: “The ones who gave me the music”
This is the only place where this movie leaves my train of thought. In the movie, August creates his music, because he believes his parents will hear it and find him. This makes for beautiful cinema, but does not line up with God’s intent.
But August does make this statement,
Wizard: “What do you want to be in the world? I mean the whole world. What do you want to be? Close your eyes and think about that.”
August Rush: “Found.”
We all are looking for something and I believe that we are all void and in need of being found. I believe, God is calling out to us. I believe that music was created by God to draw us to Him. Some choose to worship themselves through it. Some choose to worship the music itself. Some use the music to seek something else.
But He is there, He is calling, we just need to listen.
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