On having an epiphany

There are many movies that include epiphanies. I refer to two of them in this post, Field of Dreams, and It’s a Wonderful Life.

epiphany: an appearance or an apparition of a deity or other supernatural being

In the baseball film Kevin Costner’s character, Ray Kinsella, hears a voice in his corn field, and he is eventually persuaded to plow under much of his corn, install stadium lights, a baseball diamond, and get ready to receive a visit from Shoeless Joe Jackson, played by Ray Liotta. Joe asks if he can invite some of his friends to use the field. Being dead, they get no use from normal baseball diamonds.

Prayer dogEnough dead people arrive to play an actual game. Ray can see them, and so can his wife and daughter. These are supernatural beings, so this is an epiphany for all of them.

One of the beauties of the film is that we follow him on the path from outrage and skepticism to complete trust, and a celebration of trust. I am somewhere on that journey right now.

Field of Dreams was released in 1989. There are probably a lot of people who have not seen. I heartily recommend that these people treat themselves to a wonderful experience.

The other movie I recommend in this post is It’s A Wonderful Life. Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed play the leads. Jimmy’s character is George Bailey, a man who gave up his dreams to do his duty to his family.

When Uncle Billy misplaces a bundle of cash that belongs to the savings and loan George decides to kill himself. This is prevented by an appearance of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody. The angel fakes drowning, and this distracts George from his own suicide plan as he goes about rescuing Clarence.

We need to know where to get our epiphanies these days. We also do well to examine our belief system as it relates to them. Our need for epiphanies has never been greater than it is now.

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