Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Faith Like Potatoes

Our pastor gave us a movie to watch this past Sunday. The movie is called "Faith Like Potatoes". It's a true story about a white farmer named Angus and his family in Southern Africa trying to survive. It chronicles his evolution as a person, from non-believer to believer and the major ups and downs along the way. Honestly, I thought it sounded a little hokey and was hoping it wasn't another example of a Christian movie coming up short. Unexpectedly, it was a very well-done movie that moved Lisa and me very deeply. We talked afterwards and in the course of our conversation, we both realized we have been harboring unrighteous anger and bitterness towards the Lord. We were convicted of our lack of faith as of late and it produced an overwhelming emotional outpouring from us - we cried like a couple of babies. We've questioned and have been angry with God over our present circumstances. We've felt like our prayers have gone unheard and disregarded. We've questioned whether He truly cares about and knows our hurt. Some days have been absolutely agonizing, like we're smack dab in the middle of a desert with no oasis in sight. But I'm thankful for the Lord using Larry to deliver to us something we desperately needed...an emphatic "I have not forsaken you" in the form of a low-budget Christian film with a weird title.

It is said the Lord works in mysterious ways and that is absolutely true. I'm glad that there are believers making films and allowing the Lord to work through them to make art that ministers to people like me. I believe movies speak to us in a way that few mediums can and when it is used to convey truth in a relevant, artistic way, it is a wonderfully beautiful thing with an unlimited impact. I have been encouraged to see good art coming from Christians within the past few years. When I say "good art", I mean art that would be taken seriously by the rest of the world instead of being laughed at and ridiculed for its lack of quality. I just had a conversation with a fellow believer I recently met and he talked about his want and desire to form a regular time of meeting with other Christian businessmen within the area to pray and work towards making their particular city a "city on a hill" so to speak - a place where Christian excellence within the business world is THE standard for everyone else to follow. I applaud him for that and will pray that he does not relent in his pursuit. I will do what I can to encourage him to persevere because the enemy will come against it and do what he can to discourage him and those that choose to take part in his vision. I believe my friend is right - Christians should be the standard bearers wherever they are. They, we, should be leading the rest of the world and setting the standard for excellence in whatever field of expertise or area of commerce we choose to reside. It should be our striving - it should be our calling...excellence in whatever we do. I do hope and pray that I get to be in movies. It's a passion I've had since I can remember. I know how it's ministered to me and how it continues to minister and invoke hope and wonder in so many people. I want to be a part of a movement within the Christian arts, motion pictures specifically, that makes a statement to the rest of the world that makes them take notice while speaking to them in a way that is relevant and thought-provoking...and yes, something that is entertaining in the process.

I have a lot of big prayers and big requests. They seem big to me anyway. They're not too big for Him. There are so many possibilities...through it all I just need to keep my eyes on Him and have real faith, faith you can hold onto and feel the weight of, something like potatoes. Thank you for Lord for using the seemingly foolish things of this world convey truth and wisdom to me.

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