My favourite moment in Evan Almighty, in which God (Morgan Freeman) tells Evan Baxter (Steve Carrell in a reprise of his Bruce Almighty role) to build an ark. Early on in the film, Evan is obsessed with his career, so his wife prays for the family to become closer. Soon after God’s call to Evan, however, she feels Evan’s bizarre behaviour is pulling them apart.
So she takes the kids to stay with a relative so that Evan can seek help. On the way, they stop for a meal and God appears to her as a waiter. This is part of their conversation:
Joan: But my husband says God told him to do it [build the ark]. What do you do with that?
God: Sounds like an opportunity. Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, do you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If they pray for courage, does God give them courage, or does he give them opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for their family to be closer, you think God zaps them with warm, fuzzy feelings? Or does he give them opportunities to love each other?…Well, I got to run. A lot of people to serve…