When you believe...
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - December 16, 2005 Posted: 7:32:10 PM EDT

Movie still from 'Prince of Egypt'.

Do you remember the animated movie, 'Prince of Egypt'? It was banned here some years ago and never made it to our theatres.

Did you get to see it? 

I managed to watch the VCD version at home. Well, I also watched the Charlton Heston version of this story as a child. I remember it was a long and 'massive' 3 hours plus movie. I recalled walking out of the theatre expecting to see donkey carts, people in robes and miles and miles of rugged, desert landscapes. Yes, I know the story very well. 

Why, I know it intimately.

It is the story of a man who grew up in the laps of luxury only to discover who he really is, a castaway.

Movie still from 'Prince of Egypt'.

It is a tale about a man who've tried to run away from his calling. One day, he hears the 'Voice of the Burning Tree' in the wilderness and obeys. He listens to the Voice and acts against the many voices that speak against that One Voice. It is a soul-inspiring epic about a self-doubting young man who've learned to embrace his Role in Life within a larger scheme of things.

Movie still from 'Prince of Egypt'.

It is a story about a man who rose to meet his Destiny.

Depending on how you see it, the Prince of Egypt can be simply a tale about pure faith and simple obedience. But for me, most of all, it is a story about the Power of Believing. The movie, 'Prince of Egypt' has a theme song called 'When you believe' that ignites that soul-fire within not unlike those old hymns you would sing with tears welling in your eyes.

It's one of those songs that speak to me and I want to share it with you. Here it is.

When You Believe...
Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, theme song for the movie Prince of Egypt

Many nights we prayed, with no proof anyone could hear
In our hearts a hopeful song, we barely understood
Now we are not afraid, although we know there's much to fear
We were moving mountains long before we knew we could

There can be miracles, when you believe
Though hope is frail, it's hard to kill
Who knows what miracles, you can achieve,
When you believe, somehow you will
You will when you believe

In this time of fear, when prayer so often proves in vain
Hope seems like the summer birds, too swiftly flown away
Yet now I'm standing here, my heart so full I can't explain
Seeking faith and speaking words, I'd never thought I'd say

There can be miracles, when you believe (When you believe)
Though hope is frail, it's hard to kill
Who knows what miracles, you can achieve (You can achieve)
When you believe, somehow you will
You will when you believe

They don't always happen when you ask
And it's easy to give in to your fear
But when you're blinded by your pain
Can't see your way safe through the rain
A small but still resilient voice
Says help is very near

There can be miracles (miracles)
When you believe (When you believe)
Though hope is frail
It's hard to kill
Who knows what miracles
You can achieve (You can achieve)
When you believe
Somehow you will
You will when you believe
You will when you believe
You will when you believe
Just believe, just believe
You will when you believe


May your pathway of Believing,
parts the perilous seas that encircle your Life.
May your act of Believing, 
draws living water from the desert of your Despair.
May your journey of Believing,
opens up the way and leads you to the Promised Land.

Movie still from 'Prince of Egypt'.


4 Comment(s) Link to this blog

Danny Foo said...

I believe of a better web-savvy Malaysia. No more ignorant, arrogant, wannabe web-savvy clients. :P Meery XMas and a coming New Year.


rijac said...

seasons greeting wiley coyote! you know, i could almost swear i wathed this on malaysian TV during a public holiday... are you sure they banned it?


Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin said...

Hi Danny, your wish is granted. "-) Happy New Year.

Rijac, you must be hallucinating. It's banned. But curiously I saw a DVD version at Speedy the other day.


Lydia said...

Rijac could be watching the MTV of Mariah Carey + Whitney Houston singing "When You Believe". That, is not banned. =P


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