In the midst of ultra-small-town America, there is every opportunity for the Holy Spirit’s plan to unfold. Bypassing all cultural and language differences, this movie aims at the undoing of control and submitting to a higher plan. Even though there are many attempts to come to agreements and stick to bargains, it is only in following the Spirit’s plan that a sense of purpose and joy is felt. Following the plan will allow for all worldly agreements to be used with integrity. There is no purpose in reciprocity, and the Spirit will use all that you seem to have in this world to undo it.
Homer Smith undergoes a transformation from working for who and when he wants, to seeing that all things are done by the Holy Spirit and for the Holy Spirit. With the church as a backdrop, he gets to see the ego’s desire for credit and its unwillingness to accept help. He projects his own control onto the head nun, but in the end, her certainty and faith bring him into alignment with what serves the whole. When a task is given, the mind’s only responsibility is to follow the instructions. The Spirit will provide the means. All that is left is an “amen” to the Holy Spirit’s gentle plan of surrender.