As I begin the journey to produce the film, Faith Ties, I am continually drawn to the biblical story of Gideon in Judges Chapter 6. Gideon was among the Israelites that were enslaved by the Midianites. God told Gideon that he would defeat the Midianites. “Who, me?! My family is the weakest of the families and I am the least among my family.” But God had chosen him…so that’s that. After testing God a few times, Gideon finally believed that it was in fact God that was sending him to defeat the Midianites. When Gideon set out to go after the Midianites army, God told Gideon that he had too many men. He was going up against an army of over 100,000 with only 30,000 men, but God told him that if they were victorious with that size of an army, they could think that they were just that good. So God thinned out his army ultimately to only 300 men. And with those 300 men, God did give victory to Gideon and his army. I’ve left out some details, but that is basically the story.
So here I am taking on a task that is bigger than I feel I have the capacity to handle and yet I believe that I will get this done. I’d be lying if I said I have no fear; what I do have is the willingness to move forward even with that fear. The story of Faith Ties involves people who have grown up hearing about Faith and who understand it intellectually. But there is a difference between knowing something and being able to live it. So in one instance, there is a man (Chris) that had to deal with crushing heartache and he needed his Faith; but he had always relied on his own abilities. So when life happened to him, all he could do was take matters into his own hands to dull his pain. In the other instance, Maya is a very confident and capable woman. She is a mover and a shaker and she gets things done. But will she go the same route Chris did when having to deal with something beyond her capabilities?
I know a lot of people (in Church, out of Church, all walks of life) who understand the concept of Faith, but who move through the world only taking on things that are within their skill set. Of course, it is “wise” to stay within the limits of your capabilities; but that kind of “wise” living does not really require Faith in something bigger than you are. So here I am, embarking on this journey to tell a story of Faith. And guess what I have to call on in order to complete this? Of course, you know; the answer is Faith. Jesus said that if we had “…faith the size of a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Have you ever had to have that much Faith to achieve something?