Bethany Hamilton was 13 years old, a talented athlete out surfing on a gorgeous Hawaiian morning with her coach and friends. Suddenly she was attacked by a 14 foot shark, losing her left arm, and almost losing her life. Within a month she was back surfing, entering a competition two months later. Doctors called her recovery a miracle. The film’s website states, “Her story is retold in the movie Soul Surfer and continues to inspire others to not give up on themselves and God.”
Bethany’s recovery was not only marked by a persistent determination to continue to achieve her goal of becoming a professional surfer, but a pursuit of her relationship with God. Her faith was initially challenged by the attack. She discovered however that God’s love, purpose and plan for her were not affected by her new disability. In fact, Bethany comments, “I wake up everyday and want to honor God in everything I do…”
I should mention that Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid play the Hamiltons, Carrie Underwood is cast as the youth group leader and AnnaSophia Robb as Bethany. I plan to invite my Sunday School class of teens to see the movie. And I’d like to invite all of you to see it too!