As a university student, God often speaks to me through unexpected ways that relate to whatever subjects I’m studying at the time.
This semester, God has been speaking to me through the screenwriting concept called a “moment of truth”. This concept refers to a moment in a screenplay/film when the character faces a very difficult obstacle. The sort of obstacle where there is no easy way out, when all their options are equally hard. This moment is the darkest hour for the character, when they are challenged the most, when their path is seemingly blocked by an immovable obstacle.
We are taught as screenwriters that what we make our character do in that moment is the biggest definer for the audience of who the character is. The choice that the character makes in this instance is the biggest display to the audience of their character – who they are, what they believe and what their core values are.
Show, don’t tell
The beauty of these moments in screenwriting is their ability to “show, don’t tell”. Film and television has an incredible power to tell a story without using words. It uses the power of subtext, body language and symbolism to tell a story.
The screenwriter doesn’t have to explicitly tell the audience what their character believes or how strong/weak their morals are, it is clear to the audience through subtext and through reading between the lines what is happening in the character’s heart.
This concept isn’t just for the screen – this works in real life as well. The world around us is looking at our lives and the way we react to hard times. When we lean into God and choose life and hope amid hardship, the world takes notice of that because it is so different to the ‘normal’ reaction to those circumstances.
This speaks volumes to them of the power of our God. It shouts of how faithful He is. When we trust Him, and make decisions based on that trust rather than fear, we are telling the world a story. A story of a powerful God working inside an ordinary person. This story invites them to consider that, maybe, this could be their story too.
An invitation to surrender to the ultimate Storyteller
God is no respecter of persons. He doesn’t discriminate or exclude, He invites all to participate in His story. Whether we think we deserve it or not, His love and His sacrifice has made a way for us to step into the identities that He has dreamt for us, that He has written for us.
When we accept His invitation, surrender to His love and choose Him as the Way, we invite Him to rewrite our story. To craft the narrative of our life and to create something that makes an impact on the world around us.
Storytelling has an incredible power to move, to challenge and to inspire. God is wanting to use our lives as a physical demonstration to inspire
those who look upon it.
The moment of truth choiceSo, in your “moment of truth” times in your life, what will your choices say about who you are? But more importantly, what will they say about who your God is?
In those dark hours of life, remember that God has written your character to be brave, to be strong, to be kind, to be wholehearted and to be compassionate. Declare that over yourself and let your choices be guided by that truth.
He has crafted you to be inspiring, so surrender to the way He directs your story. When you choose to glorify God in moments of hardship, the story of your life shouts of His goodness.
Caitlyn Furler is a lover of writing, music and people. She is a second-year university student, studying music, screenwriting and literature. She is a worship leader in her church and is enjoying doing braver and braver things.
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