Thoughts for the Journey from Bill Myers

As
an author and film producer, Bill Myers’s work has won over 70 national and
international awards including the C.S. Lewis Honor Award. His books and videos,
which include Eli and McGee and Me, have sold 8 million
copies. His most recent book, The Jesus Experience – Journey Deeper into the
Heart of God,
explores how he went from a burned-out evangelical to
someone head-over-heels in love with his Creator. www.billmyers.com
VICTORY THRIVES IN DARKEST PLACES
“Mr. Myers, as our director, on the
first day of filming, you will be required to burn incense and sacrifice a pig
to our local gods.”
I looked at my producer and blinked.
“You’re kidding, right?”
She shook her head. “You Westerners, in
your arrogance, trample all over our gods and beliefs. As a result, during the
filming, someone is always hurt or killed. If you do not perform the ceremony
the cast and crew you see before you will not work for you.”
The room grew silent. Tomorrow would be
our first day of filming in Hong Kong. Tens of thousands of dollars had already
been spent in preproduction. If I did not comply, the movie would be over before
it started.
                 
Somehow, I nervously and gently explained
that as a Christian I couldn’t perform the a sacrifice.
        
My producer smiled. “This I know. That
is why your assistant director will do it for you, instead.”
Talk about being in a jam. If I said
“yes,” I’d not only betray my faith, but I’d be dedicating the film to other
“gods.” If I said “no,” my cast and crew would walk.
I stared down at the table, silently
praying for any suggestions. Then, “out of the blue,” a thought came to mind.
It wasn’t much, but it was all I had.
I looked up and said, “First of all, you
need to know, I don’t doubt these gods you’re afraid of exist. But we have
another name for them.” I swallowed hard. “We call them . . . demons. But you also
believe Jesus Christ is a god, don’t you?”
                 
“Oh, yes. Absolutely. One of the top
10. Yes, a great god.”
        
“And if push came to shove, He could
probably take on those smaller gods you’re so worried about?”
                 
“Oh, yes. He is a most powerful god.”
        
“Well, He and I are pretty good
friends. What if, instead of offering a prayer to those little gods we know He
could beat, what if I offered a prayer of protection to Jesus, instead?” I saw
the crack of light and pushed on. “Better yet, why don’t we do it together,
every day . . . you know, just to be safe?”
                 
Ever so slowly, they began to nod.
        
The results? No one was killed. Not a
single person injured. And, by the time we were done, at least two actors,
along with their families, put their faith in Jesus Christ. It’s also the most
powerful film I’ve directed. I recently spoke to a missionary from South
America who said he’s still showing the film, and after 25 years, it’s still
bearing fruit.
Why? Because I’m such a genius
director? Hardly. Because I’m such a mighty man of God? Guess again. It was simply
because I took God at His Word. God never plays defense. He only plays offense.
As a sovereign God, if we trust Him, He’ll always flip things around for the
good. Maybe not by our standards or by our time frames, but as Paul says, one
way or another . . .

“All
things work together for the good to those who love the Lord and are called
according to His purposes
.” Romans 8:28