His plans of killing him come to a sudden standstill when two gunmen rob the diner. Michael takes matters into his own hands when he shoots them and holds the entire diner hostage until he kills his target. In the midst of all these events, Michael finds an unlikely ally in Don, a devout Christian who believes God is going to help him in his endeavor. While Michael battles with his faith, the hostages start finding extraordinary connections between them.
CROSSROAD is an emotional and inspiring story of redemption, forgiveness, and the ultimate realization of God's Grace in all of our lives.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge him, And he will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6
The Message: Growth through Adversity
Adversity causes us to develop Christ-like character. For the believer all pain has meaning: all adversity is profitable. One of the many fascinating events in nature is the emergence of the Cecropia moth from its cocoon – an event that occurs only with much struggle on the part of the moth to free itself. The story is frequently told of someone who watched a moth go through this struggle. In an effort to help – and not realizing the necessity of the struggle, the viewer snipped the shell of the cocoon. Soon the moth came out with its wings all crimped and shriveled. But as the person watched, the wings remained weak. The moth, which in a few moments would have stretched those wings to fly, was now doomed to crawling out its brief life in frustration of ever being the beautiful creature God created it to be.
What the person in the story did not realize was that the struggle to emerge from the cocoon was an essential part of developing the muscle system of the moth's body and pushing the body fluids out into the wings to expand them.
The adversities of life are much like the cocoon of the Cecropia moth. God uses them to develop the spiritual "muscle system' of our lives. We can be sure that the development of a beautiful Christ-like character will come out in our lives without adversity.
Fortunately God does not ask us how or when we want to grow. He is the Master Teacher, training His pupils when and how He deems best. He is, in the words of Jesus, the Gardner who prunes the branches of His vineyard. The healthy vine requires both nourishment and pruning. Through the Word of God we are nourished (see Psalm 1:2-3), but through adversity we are pruned. Both the Hebrew and Greek languages express discipline and teaching by the same word. God intends that we grow through the discipline of adversity as well as through instruction from His Word.
There are several things we can do in order to learn from adversity and receive the beneficial effects that God intends. First, we can submit to it – not reluctantly as the defeated general submits to his conqueror, but voluntarily as the patient on the operating table submits to the skilled hand of the surgeon as he wields his knife.
Second, to profit most from adversity, we should bring the Word of God to bear upon the situation. Martin Luther reportedly said, "Were it not for tribulation I should not understand the Scriptures."
Third, in order to profit from out adversities we must remember them and the lessons we learned from them. God wants us to remember them, not just as trials or sorrows, but as His disciplines – His means of bringing about growth in our lives. It is helpful to consider some of the specific ends God has in mind when He allows adversity in our lives.