How it started
We’re nearly a month away from Furious Love hitting the world with a giant, wet kiss from the God of Heaven, and I am just now realizing that, despite the hype that’s starting to build around the movie’s release, very few people actually know where this movie came from and how it came about. For those of you who care about such things, let me explain:
The last thing I filmed for my first feature, Finger of God, was the scene where Heidi Baker was trying to pray for the gypsy woman in Istanbul but had to battle with the interpreter the whole time. On our way back to the hotel, I nearly had a nervous breakdown because I was convinced that, although I had 100 hours of footage from two years of travel, I had nothing of importance to make a movie with. Heidi decided to have the team we were traveling with pray for my wife and I that night, and in the process, Heidi came over to pray for me herself.
Now, keep in mind that the last thing on my mind at the moment was any kind of a sequel or follow up, at that moment I was very doubtful I’d even be able to put this first movie together. I was very certain that no one was going to be interested in it anyway, but again, I was doing this because God asked me to, so, you know, whatever.
When Heidi began to pray for me, it was pretty normal stuff. Bless him, show him what to do, etc… But then, right in the middle of it all, she got…uncomfortable. Maybe distressed is a better word. But she was obviously seeing something in the Spirit that disturbed her. She finally spit it out:
"Darren, I don’t know what this means, but it’s what I’m seeing, so I’m just going to say it. I see you actually filming the occult. I see you going into dark places and exposing the darkness. The Lord says you are to go into the darkness to show the light."
Did I have any clue at that moment that she had just revealed to me the Father’s desire for my next feature? I had a suspicion, but it’s not like those words made everything crystal clear. Plus, that was my second movie. Right now, I was wholly concerned with my first one!
A few months later, I was in Toronto to film a pick-up interview with John and Carol Arnott. While in the service that night, during worship, out of nowhere the main idea for this film was…thrown at me. That’s the best way I can describe it. It hit me so hard I fell back into my chair. I grabbed my notebook and scribbled as fast as I could. I knew it was going to be called Furious Love (I had heard the phrase on the drive up to Toronto from a quote by GK Chesterton in Brennan Manning’s book, The Ragamuffin Gospel). I knew I was to go to dark places and film. I knew I was supposed to show the world that there was a spiritual war going on. But most of all, I knew I had just been given permission to put God’s love to the test.
For the next two years, I planned, filmed, prayed, and through bits and pieces, the movie came together. It was crystalized until I actually went into the editing room and put the thing together (a process that was both the most intense experience of my life, the most spiritually grueling two months of my life, and contained the most intimate moments I have ever had with the Father).
I think it’s important for people to realize, especially people who may be looking to go out and do the kinds of things we’re trying to do at Wanderlust Productions, that for both of our films, the idea did not originate with me. I simply caught what the Father threw at me. It’s much easier, I have found, to walk in His favor and blessing when you’re working on direct commission for Him. I spent my whole life trying to be successful with my own ideas, but it was only when I finally gave up my own ego and just asked Him for an idea, asked Him what He wanted me to do, that my life was completely turned upside down.
So there you are. Furious Love was born out of a near nervous breakdown in a restaurant in Istanbul, when a fearless blonde lady from California prayed for a scared little boy and revealed the spark for his destiny.
In one month, you guys get to see the story God has created. I can’t wait for you to see what He has up His sleeve…