This movie is significant to me for two reasons. One reason is that as I look back on my youth, I see that many things have happened that, even then, have prepared me for the vision the Lord has given me since last summer.
When I was young, while still in grade school, I went to see a 1966 movie that featured Billy Graham called, For Pete's Sake. I have written about this movie before, but the time I watched it was the first time I felt the Lord calling me to be his. I don't remember much of the movie, except for the altar call at the end.
This movie was my first experience in the power of a movie. Now, as an adult, I know that movies can be a tool the Lord uses to show that trusting in Jesus is as relevant today as it was for the disciples when they realized he was alive again after being killed and buried for three days.
Later I watched Citizen Kane in high school. What I learned about this movie is that Orson Welles was an amazing director whose innovation caused this film to be regarded as the greatest film ever made. There are many articles about the techniques used in this movie and it is still influential in film making.
Today, as I think of Citizen Kane, the thought has occurred to me that people like me, my husband John and Charyl and Dennis Armstrong have a great potential to discover new techniques in film making as we gear up to shoot our movie, Shots in the Dark. None of us have taken any courses in film school, and this potential is greatest because we don't know "it's not done that way."
Am I having delusions of grandeur? If I didn't believe that God has given us this vision, I would say yes. The fact is, however, I do believe that God has given us this vision, and because I believe that God has his hand in our lives and in the making of this movie, there is nothing that is impossible. I will say this again: Because God is in our lives, absolutely nothing is impossible. Absolutely nothing.
Innovation isn't restricted to the past, nor is it restricted to those who "know what they're doing." Sometimes those who have the greatest potential for doing things never done before are those who go into something with only the knowledge that they don't know anything and are relying completely on God.
Proverbs 16:3 says, "Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed."
God is our Executive Director. He will make this a movie unlike anything we can imagine.