I’ve never seen the film “Lawrence Of Arabia” but I know a little bit about it. One most notable parts of the movie is the one where Lawrence triumphantly returns from the Nefud desert, having gone back to rescue the Arab Gasim. The crossing of the Nefud desert is considered impossible, even by the local Arabs, but Lawrence persuades them that, in this way, they can take the Turkish port at Aqaba from the rear.
Having carried out the superhuman feat of traversing this furnace, it is discovered that one of the Arabs, Gasim, has fallen off his camel and is no doubt dying somewhere back in the desert. Lawrence is told that any idea of rescue is futile and, in any event, Gasim’s death is “written”. When Lawrence achieves the impossible and returns with Gasim still alive, Sherif Ali admits to him: “Truly, for some men nothing is written unless they write it”.
Considering the film (based on the true story) that was made back in the day, we all should be stunned, yet believing with Lawrence’s courage and unselfishness in going back into the hell of the Nefud to attempt to find a man he hardly knew among the vast expanse of a fiery terrain and be so moved by the sense of purpose of a man who is determined to take nothing as “written” (bad and evil inevitabilities) but to shape his own destiny and be challenged to walk the same in this world. This sense of anti-determinism and this belief that anything is possible should stay with us always and continue to inspire us in small ways and large.
One thing is for sure: Never leave a man behind…
Jn 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Mk 9:23 “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”