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God Can’t Catch You if You Don’t Take a Leap of Faith

It was breakfast, and I just wanted my coffee. We were staying in a palace in southern India, and we were quite literally the only people staying there. It was a strange feeling, to have a palace all to your own. But then again, this was India, so really anything was possible.

The day before we had filmed with a man named Ravi, who would regularly hear the audible voice of God speaking to him, directing him places and to people to see. I had finally convinced him to let me film him for my movie, Father of Lights, and we had just weathered a sea of Hindu men wielding machetes in one village and a spiritual showdown with a notorious witch doctor in another. I was so relieved/elated that I told Ravi to take us to the nicest hotel in town to celebrate that we were all still alive.

So the palace it was.

While sipping my coffee and trying to kick the cobwebs out of my head, I asked Ravi what the plan was today. He told me I had two choices: either we could go home, or we could pursue the thing God had spoken to him about this morning.

Um, care to elaborate?

Apparently, that morning Ravi had been tossed out of bed by an angel (when he asked the angel why he threw him out of bed, the angel told him matter-of-factly that he wouldn’t wake up), and was given an assignment. If he wanted, he was to go to a particular temple complex where he was to look for a man in an orange robe, with a long white beard and a turban on his head.

He would know who he was when he found him. That was it. That was the mission.

I took another sip of my coffee.

About an hour later we were on our way to the temple complex, and part of me was excited, while another part of me was having a hard time wrapping my head around this.

Were we really going to meet some guy who met this description? And if so, what was going to happen?

I was making a movie, and this sure felt like a God setup—but that didn’t make having faith that it would actually happen any easier. It’s funny, but no matter how much I do this and how much I see God move, faith is ALWAYS difficult to exercise.

We parked the car and started walking around. We kept pointing our cameras all over, not sure what or who we were supposed to be capturing.

We were walking when I heard Ravi exclaim, “There he is.”

My heart skipped a beat, and I ran to catch up only to stop dead in my tracks when I looked around the corner of a car. There was an older gentleman with an orange robe, a long white beard, and a turban on his head.

And my cameras were rolling.

Ravi started to talk to him, and I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about. I found out later it was more chit chat, with Ravi kind of telling him that God had told us to find him. He found out this man was a Maharishi, which is like a guru of gurus (or the Catholic equivalent of a bishop), and I learned later that maharishis are not even allowed to hear the gospel because Jesus is exclusive, and that goes against everything Hindus believe.

Instead of inciting those standing around to beat us (which is what he was supposed to do), he asked Ravi if they could talk somewhere private, away from all these prying eyes.

So we drove down the road a few miles until we found a little turn-off that was more secluded.
The two men were finally free to talk now, and what the Maharishi had to say was stunning.

Apparently, he lived 8 hours away and had only come to this temple because he had had a dream three nights before where God appeared to him and told him to come here and look for a man named Ravi, who would want to talk to him. God then told him to listen to Ravi.

So not only had we come to try to find him, but he had come to try to find us!

As he was told to, the man listened to Ravi, and he heard the gospel of Jesus Christ presented to him. In the end, he accepted Christ as his savior, and Ravi exchanged information with him so he could follow up. The two men embraced, and we all went our separate ways.

People often ask me what it’s like to film the things I do, and I don’t usually have a great answer for them. When something like this happens, it is always so absurd, so out of the ordinary, and so God ordained that it stuns you into silence.

I think too often Christians get used to a God who doesn’t do much because we don’t take many risks, and we attend churches that are somewhat averse to God moving in real, tangible ways because a God like that is uncontrollable.

But when He DOES move, and you can see it with your own two eyes, you begin to understand the meaning of “awe.” God moving in a wild way doesn’t always make me stand up and shout, but instead, drives me to my knees. God is not an entertainer, and He’s not a magician. But He is powerful, and He is magnificent. And He is still moving and working in profound ways all around the world.

This Story is From:

Father of Lights. You can watch this story as it unfolded because we captured it on film. See this and more stories in the full movie available now.


  • Faith Ndlovu

    wow..I love that..God is not an entertainer or magician, but He is powerful and magnificent! Thank you once again for this real life encounter with the Father!

  • Sheri Austin

    I have enjoyed all your documentaries. With God All Things are Possible, I love sharing your documentaries with others. Thank you for showing us a limitless God.

  • Tonya DuBose

    Your documentaries have truly opened my eyes of how great Gods love truly is. I've been blessed by each one I've watched. Thank you and keep up the good work.

  • jr

    I wonder do we apply the same standards to miracles that occur within religious systems we don't agree with? Catholic Christians have had healings while praying to Mary or saints, perhaps a sign that we should pray to saints? In India I met Hindus who had experienced healing and freedom from depression, perhaps Jesus isn't the only way to heaven? And God revealed himself to a man named Joseph Smith in the 1800'S, shall we listen to him? Do we apply the same scepticism to Darren, Benny Hinn etc as to these claims I mentioned above? I have spoken to believers of many faiths and they are all convinced that their miracles are from God and other people's are from Satan/devils/or just fraud. It strikes me that if someone on your team claims a miracle happened you believe it without question...

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