There is something about short films that catches your full attention. Aside from the fact that they are condensed and does not require a lot of your time compared to watching a full-length movie where there is a lot of twist and turns or highs and lows of the story. Despite this, I find that watching a short film brings more in-depth meaning because it touches all your sensitivity, and more often at the end of the story it leaves you with a provoking thought. You start creating scenarios that could have happened. It allows you to expand the story in your imagination and create your ending. It is like adding your twist of segments because it lingers in your thoughts.
What also strikes me is how they show these picturesque images. Like when they pan in and show someone sitting on the bench at the park, as if this person is waiting for something or someone, or perhaps just in deep thought. In the next scene, they pan out reflecting the sunlight, the breeze on a wide-open space featuring tall green grasses.
With all of these, there is this background music that makes you reflect and wonder what the person is contemplating. You need to visualize the person’s thoughts through the non-verbal movement. Then, when they pan in on their face – you see the full expression of their emotions, then you can tell what is going through their minds.
In our lives, we go through this non-verbal whirlwind of emotions. People often see what we want them to see. We act in a certain way and generate this persona and have this shield to avoid allowing others to see what is truly happening in our lives. Whether we are protecting ourselves or protecting others to see through us.
The amazing thing about our Father in Heaven, we do not need to speak and yet He is aware of what we are going through. He fully understands our non-verbal emotions. In our solitude, God speaks to us. He sees our pain, our joy, our fears, our accomplishments, what we need, and what we even think. He even allows us to create our ending because of the free will He gave us as His gift.
God knows we are limited creatures. He does not expect too much – just our love and dedication. That is why He gave us His only beloved Son – Jesus Christ. Jesus helps us understand His Father’s will. Jesus is the ultimate expression of God’s love for us.
In short films, it conveys a clear message of the story. You see thru the reflection of each character what they are experiencing. No matter how vague and limited the words spoken, you always understand what the writer wants to communicate.
When we read the Bible, where God is the main writer, His message is absolute and flawless. The Scripture is God’s Word.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-18
God is the writer of everything, and He is consistent throughout from the beginning of creation. Each character in the Bible from Genesis through Revelation conveyed His message with distinct clarity.
In the present, we may not hear His voice speaking but we hear His words in our hearts through the gift of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. He surrounded us with the beauty of His creation that we may see every minute of His wonder and He has put people in our lives to recognize His existence – our family, our community, our friends, our church. He knows exactly what we need for our daily survival.
“He even knows what tomorrow will be for us. Because God is the God of today and tomorrow as well as yesterday.” ~ A.W. Tozer
As the 30-minute short film reaches its ending, we are left with a provoking thought. And whether it has provided us a moral lesson or not. The images remain in the recesses of our memory.
When Jesus suffered in the hands of His enemies and was sentenced to death, this image of the scourging at the pillar, carrying of the cross, and the crucifixion portrayed many times in films and even as you read it repeatedly in the Bible left thought-provoking images in the millions of minds and hearts of everyone, Christians, and non-Christians alike. That up to this day, we, who has never even witnessed the experience still feels the pain and the loving sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” ~John 19:30
Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of the Holy Week. It is the time we reflect on those images of Christ suffering and surrendering His life for our salvation. His death and resurrection opened the gateway for us and bridge the gap between us and with the Almighty Father.
What an ultimate reflection of God’s love for mankind.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” ~ John 3:16