The Lord still surprises me sometimes.
A week ago, I had no intention of writing a feature screenplay. The Holy Spirit, however, had other plans.
After attending a recent Matt Maher concert a germ of an idea was planted in the old noggin’. Matt is a quiet guy, contemplative, spiritual guy and talented beyond belief. He seems to treat his role as a Christian singer as one would treat any vocation to God, with respect and honor and humility. At his concert the seats were filled with thousands of loud, boisterous and dedicated fans, screaming, singing and praying with him.
On the drive home I thought, “Wouldn’t it be funny if quiet, contemplative Matt somehow got stuck in a cabin with one of his most rabid fans?” I chuckled at the idea and thought that would be the end of it.
I had no intention of continuing on with that idea because I had covered somewhat similar ground in the Nikki & Babs episode about idol worship. The circumstances in that episode were different, but the general topic was touched upon and I didn’t want to invest any time repeating myself.
But the idea just wouldn’t leave me alone.
Having learned not to allow inspiration to go to waste, nor to say No to the Holy Spirit when moved into action, I thought, “Okay, I’ll write down my ideas. Maybe I can use them in another script.”
The first day I wrote almost 20 pages. The next day another 10. The next day another 15. One night, I couldn’t go to sleep because the story kept unfolding in my brain. I had to get up at six the next morning, yet found myself typing, with red, tired eyes at three a.m. This was not part of my weekend plans.
It appears the Holy Spirit didn’t care.
A week later the first draft was done. A nice, sweet romantic comedy called An Unfinished Work. Like any first draft, at this point the script is in the same state as its title… unfinished. There’s some polishing that needs to occur, some layering of more Christian themes and some further expansion in the third act. But I’m okay with that. It’s all part of the process. After 20 years of jotting down screenplays I know that writing is rewriting.
My wife, who isn’t a movie-loving person and was born with the gift of telling me exactly the way it is, especially when it comes to my writing, actually found the script to be very sweet and touching.
So, I don’t know what the Holy Spirit will do with this script. It may end up getting made. It may end up getting shelved. It may end up being a learning experience for another script in the future.
All I do know is that the Holy Spirit called and I answered. What happens after I answer the bell is entirely up to God.
However, spending the week in the cabin with the quiet singer and the rabid fan sure was a lot of fun.