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STORKS (2016) Movie Review

  • By Cara Buckley
  • 23 Sep, 2016

Romans 12:2 says, "Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." (NLT)

The film Storks is a beautifully animated and acted film about a world where storks abandon their original calling of delivering babies in favor of an on-line delivery service. A professionally ambitious stork named Junior and a free spirited inventor named Tulip work for this thriving business, but they are without family and very lonely until an unintentionally manufactured “package” forces them to team up for an unexpected delivery. On their journey, they discover the value of teamwork, friendship, family, and most importantly redemption.

Sadly, every stork is stripped of their calling and given a delivery job, because management would rather hide a mistake than to remedy it. Sure, the job is easier, but it leaves a terrible void in their lives. However, they deny their despair in order to avoid their purpose. Their calling is to bring life unto the world. Life brings joy, hope, and unity. There is no more noble a calling than that.

What do they need to achieve that calling again?

Redemption.

Ephesians 2:9 says, "Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it." (NLT)

Jasper attempts for eighteen years to physically redeem his mistake. However, his actions are not enough to redeem him. His attempts to repair Tulip's beacon are futile. His vow to watch over and protect her is meaningless. Even his efforts to save her life in the most dangerous time of her journey do not win her forgiveness. Only when he confronts her with a repentant heart does he finally redeem himself by earning Tulip's forgiveness and acceptance.

Only then is Stork Mountain restored and the calling is renewed. Junior witnesses this redemption and is instilled with a drive to restore his calling. Together, they unite Stork Mountain and fight for their purpose. To deliver babies. To bring life to the world. To provide hope to families.

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (NLT)

A penitent heart leads to forgiveness.

Forgiveness leads to redemption.

Redemption leads to divine purpose.

The divine purpose provides eternal life.

All they need to do is ask.

What better calling? What better purpose? What better life?

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