Throwback! This 1996 movie is full of so many spiritual revelations. When I first watched the movie, I had to sit back and think about all the spiritual insights I gained from it. I shared this movie with several pastors who literally preached sermons on the film. It is a much watch.
The movie stars Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas, and Henry Cele. The movie is a true story of two lions in Africa that killed many people. The film is about the hunting for the two lions that were killing people . The film is really not about the hunt for the lions, but about the lions’ hunt for Val Kilmer because he was the main person who was sent to build a bridge. That is a deep insight into spiritual battles. It seems that when you have something to do in life, a purpose or call, your battle is hard. I won’t give away the whole film, but one of the highlights was when they went to kill the lions during the day. Val Kilmer had switched guns with the camp doctor. When they got into the wild, the lions appeared. One lion faced off with Val. His gun jams. Michael Douglas had to shoot at the lion to stop it from killing Val. He scolded him and asked him why did he freeze up and not shoot. Val Kilmer explained that it was not his gun and that the gun jammed. Michel Douglas said that you should never take someone else’s weapon into battle. I thought about how in the church we expect everybody to be alike and fight the same. God has given us all ways to uniquely fight with the weapons we have, gifts, and talents to win the battles we face in life. When you are building bridges for others….. you are a dangerous opponent for your enemy. (Janie McGee)
God has made us so gifted and unique that those abilities are weapons of warfare for our victories and others! We face off with lions daily: on the job, at home, at church, and in our businesses. We are equipped for battle! We have a purpose to fulfill. We should fight with what we are given and not try to be like others in battle. Check out the clip below. You can watch the movie on YouTube. There is so much to share about this film I will write more about it soon!
In March 1898 the British started building a railway bridge over the Tsavo River in Kenya. The project was led by Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson. During the next nine months of construction, two maneless male Tsavo lions stalked the campsite, dragging Indian workers from their tents at night and devouring them. Crews tried to scare off the lions and built campfires and bomas of thorn fences around their camp for protection to keep the maneaters out, but to no avail. The lions crawled through the thorn fences. After the new attacks, hundreds of workers fled from Tsavo, halting construction on the bridge. Patterson set traps and tried several times to ambush the lions at night from a tree. After repeated unsuccessful endeavors, he shot the first lion on December 9, 1898. Three weeks later, the second lion was found and killed. The first lion killed measured nine feet, eight inches (3 m) from nose to the tip of its tail. It took eight men to carry the carcass back to camp. The construction crew returned and completed the bridge in February 1899. The exact number of people killed by the lions is unclear. Patterson gave several figures, claiming that there were 135 victims.
Note: Val Kilmer played the character of bridge builder John Henry Patterson. Michael Douglas played the character of noted game hunter Charles Remington