“ Slumdog Millionaire ” is a movie about an 18 year old orphan in India who is one question away from winning the game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Before answering the last question he is arrested on the suspicion of cheating but by revisiting his past, his story reveals where he learned the answers to the show’s seemingly impossible quizzes. Every dark moment, every failure, every questionable period of his life gave birth to the knowledge he needs to win a staggering amount of money and change his life forever. All came together for good.
I have referenced this movie whenever I have been faced with a challenge or period of darkness for we never truly know what is gained from it until the skill, or tenacity, or knowledge gained becomes useful in the future. This is where I draw hope from.
I was talking with a friend yesterday and she mentioned how she was living a “ slumdog millionaire ” kind of life. She is in the midst of an incredible opportunity, a life long dream, and every experience she has had in the past, the good, the bad and the ugly, has been utilized in this capacity. Even those she would have preferred to forget. If she had avoided these painful lessons she would not be enjoying this level of experience today.
One of my go to verses in the bible when I am challenged or defeated is Romans 8:28, And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (NIV). We all have the opportunity to live the “ slumdog millionaire ” life because the plan He has for us is for good. We just have to trust the process.
I often think of it like a tapestry. Each thread is needed to make this beautiful work of art. There are times in the weaving where it looks messy, where threads look out of place or a color looks wrong. Halfway through, you may not even recognize what the final design will be. But, if you wait until the last thread is weaved in and tied off, you see the beauty, the wholeness, the miracle of it all coming together.
My life looked wrong for a very long time. I was losing faith that anything beautiful could be made from the mess. Yet, here I am, elevated by failure and defeat to a new level of existence. All I enjoy today would not be possible without them. It is amazing to see the beautiful pattern emerging and a great reminder that it is ALL things together for good, not just the sweet and memorable.
As you go through the challenging times, when it doesn’t make sense or doesn’t seem fair, think about your tapestry. There are colors that can only come through hardship. If you want to rise to the level of the best life, you can only do so on a foundation built from all of your experiences, unique to you, each a gift that will give you what you need to be there.
I think about the future, a moment I know will come, where every dark moment, every failure, every questionable period will come together for good and change my life forever for I know that this has always been God’s plan.