Such is the case with me right now.
I’ve told you about the Empower Network and how I’ve been fighting against it. I don’t know that God wants us to be in it and it seems we’re still in it. John has been listening to videos and some of the speakers have good things to say, but the overall “feel” of the company seems to be without the Lord and relying on self.
But now, our church is going through a book called The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. A lot of what these people are saying has been said (so far, I’m only on chapter 6) in Mark’s book.
In this book, Mark talks about believing God for big things. He says that anything less than dreaming for the impossible is an offense to God.
So now I’m dreaming big and believing God for a huge thing that is so beyond John and me alone that anyone who sees it will know that God is the one who provided for us.
Now let me take you back several years. It was just before we filmed Kevin Frye. I was driving down Tuxedo boulevard and asking the Lord how to talk to people who know the story of his redemption but have chosen not to accept his wonderful gift. One word came to me so strong that I almost got into an accident (fortunately there were no other cars). The word was “Parables”.
Then it came to me that The Death of Kevin Frye is a modern day parable and parables were used by Jesus to illustrate the kingdom of God. Of course parables, and now movies can be parables.
Now let’s skip to after the movie was made. I felt it was going to be the only story I wrote that would make film status. I let the enemy tell me that this was going to be a one and only thing. I believed that lie.
But God is so patient with us. Before I started reading Circle Maker I began to realize what had happened and to realize that the dream of making movies that would tell people about the love of God could be reawakened.
Then I saw that a certain church was for sale. I love this church. I have been praying off and on that I could acquire this church somehow but I didn’t know how or for what purpose. Then I started reading this book. My dream was resurrected and that often happens. A dream dies and then at just the right time, God brings it back to life.
So now I’m dreaming big again and it involves this building. I’m praying that the Lord provide this building and a new company emerges that is a film producing company that brings parables to the screen and helps people see what it means to be loved by God.
Can I do this on my own?
Are you kidding? There is no way on earth I can do it without the hand of God providing miracles.
But if I say I believe the God whom I trust is Almighty but never take a risk in prayer, how much do I believe in Him?
I already have the name of the company: Ebenezer Films.
Why Ebenezer? Why choose the first name of Scrooge? Because Ebenezer means Rock of Help. God is my Rock and it is by his help that this will become a reality.
Don’t laugh. They laughed at Noah.
Thank you Father for this opportunity to trust you for something far beyond my own capabilities. Thank you Father that I can look foolish because you use the foolish things to confound the wise. Thank you for Ebenezer Films and for the people who will come to you through the forming of this company. Thank you for the people who will become team members dedicated to creating stories that will help people see you and the love you have for us. Thank you for this dream in my heart and thank you for your help in bringing this dream back from the dead.
In Jesus Name, Amen.