This month Family Theater Productions released Family Dinner, a short film for teens and families. At the very same time were filming two more movies and these last weeks I have been directing short films for a project at Family Theater Productions.
When I am on a film set, I appreciate all the more what goes into creating the scripted television shows or films that I watch. Everything you see and hear has been selected and placed in the frame by professionals. The people on camera in each scene were selected to serve the story, even the background people who sit at restaurant tables or pass by on the street. Assistant Directors instructed them where to move. The light in each shot has been crafted. In exterior shots they may use the sun, but block out direct light, or bounce (reflecting) rays off a surface to fill a shadow. The lighting crew working with the director of photography and the director, paint the scene with light creating night or day, warm or cool environments, shadows and highlights. Sound and music are added in the post-production process to bring depth and emotion to the visual images.
It occurred to me that God is the ultimate artist, the great director, who authors the story of the kingdom unfolding around us. God has placed each of us in a carefully selected location, a dynamic studio with colors, shapes, natural elements and human creations. God creates the greatest sets, magnificent cities, sylvan wilderness, seas and prairies. God is our gaffer (lighting expert) providing the light, sun in the day and stars in the night. God casts the people who enter my life, all of them: the co-stars, the featured and even the background. As they play some role in my life, I know that each of them lives out their own arc in the Kingdom of God and that I play some role in their story too. The hum of the city, the chatter of people, the beat of songs forms the soundtracks of life. It is all there by the creation of God for some purpose. We add to it with the choices we make.
We are cast and crew for the Gospel, called to collaborate by bringing using our talents and energies to serve the story of God. The great challenge is to discern what our purpose, our role truly is and then live it well. Come Holy Spirit.
I believe in Providence. That is the idea that God is actively at work in each of our lives in hard times and in times of comfort and joy. God is ever advancing the great story of the kingdom of love, truth, beauty, hope and faith.
What story are you living now? May the Holy Spirit help you discern the roles you are called to play, give you appreciation for the artistry of God around you, and lead you to participate in the great story of the Kingdom of God unfolding in our midst.