If you haven’t heard of the story here’s a brief synopsis, Brian Nichols murdered several people as he escaped from police custody in Atlanta, GA. During his rampage, he found his way to the apartment of Ashley White whom he did not know prior to this event. Ashley, a widow who struggled with a meth addiction, was taken by surprise and held hostage for at least seven hours by Nichols.
As I watched the movie, I found myself wondering why someone would choose to cause havoc and pain. I also found myself reminded that God could use anyone to bring peace and redemption to any of us. A phrase that I often think of is “He uses everything.” Everything includes pain, uncertainty, and fear; it’s not just the good stuff that He uses.
Brian’s actions were horrendous. Out of those horrendous actions, Ashley found herself broken from an addiction that she could not break on her own. Through this ordeal, she has remained drug free, and Brian lost his strength run. Captive reminds me that God can use anyone He chooses to do His will, and even the most painful circumstances can offer redemption for at least one person.