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MARK, 13, waits at the end of a long line of people, all single file against the wall of an old industrial building.
Mark looks down at the ticket in his own hand, which reads 1,113. Mark sighs and steps out of line to assess his position.
CAMERA TILTS UP TO FOLLOW THE LONG LINE OF PEOPLE - We see that each person is holding a small, numbered ticket.
Do you ever feel your life is like waiting in a long line, hoping things turn out the way you’d like?
A boy rides by on a brand new red Schwin bicycle--a HUGE white bow tied to the frame. The boy smiles and waves at Mark.
As if everyone you know passes in front of you carrying their dreams-
A girl skips by Mark, holding the hands of a mom and dad. The parents are wearing white T-shirts that say, “Perfect Dad” and “Perfect Mom”.
-while your stuck, still waiting on yours.
Mark rolls his eyes.
Philippians 4:19 says “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
TEXT OVER BLACK: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:19
Mark has finally reached the front of the line. There is just one more person in front of him.
But sometimes it feels like everyone’s needs but ours are taken care of, right?
It is Mark’s turn. He hands his ticket to a figure seated in a raised chair (we only see the persons arm and part of their lower body).
An arm hands a white, paper cup to Mark. On the side of the cup the word “DIRT” is written in black marker. Mark looks down into the cup.
CU: The cup is filled with dirt.
Mark looks up, perplexed and disappointed.
Like everyone else is getting exactly what they want.
Just then, he turns to see:
A boy makes his way slowly by Mark, straining to drag a large sack so full of cash it is spilling over.
Mark throws up his hands and walks away.
Mark walks down an empty street, turning the cup of dirt in his hands.
It’s moments like these, the times we compare our gifts to the gifts others have received, when we forget just what it is God has done for us.
He passes a trash can and stops. He looks down at the cup of dirt, then over at the trash can. Then he tosses his gift in the trash and mopes off.
EXT. PARK BENCH
Mark sits down on a park bench and drops his head into his hands.
He looks over and sees a girl sitting next to him. She too holds a white cup of dirt. Only hers has a large green plant sprouting from the top, and on the leaves of the plant hang several sparkling gems.
And I wonder, how much of our unhappiness is caused by not understanding the gift we have been given.
The girl smiles and waves at Mark .
CU: Mark’s eyes widen.
He springs from the bench and runs back to the trash can.
EXT. STREET - TRASH CAN
Mark is throwing trash from the receptacle, digging for the cup of dirt.
SERIES OF SHOTS: Mark digging through the trash.
After a long while, Mark gives up and slumps down on the ground next to the trash can.
How deep into God’s word have we searched for answers.
Mark looks over and notices something under a brown paper bag. He walks to the bag and kneels over it. When he moves it, he sees the white paper cup. Mark’s face lights up as he lifts his gift from the ground.
INT. KITCHEN - NEAR A SUNLIT WINDOW
Mark empties part of the dirt onto the counter.
Jesus described our faith as a mustard seed.
In the pile on the counter, he finds three small seeds. He picks up the seeds and examines them.
While tiny when it is planted, it will grow to become the largest plant in the garden.
He drops the seeds back into the cup and scoops in the dirt.
Mark places the cup in the window.
He pours water into the cup then sits back to wait for his prize to sprout.
SERIES OF SHOTS: Mark waits a long time for the plant to grow, but nothing happens. Eventually he falls asleep, head and arms on the counter.
INT. KITCHEN - NEAR A SUNLIT WINDOW
Mark wakes up. He stretches. When he looks down, his jaw drops.
WE SEE a large green plant has sprouted from the dirt.
By studying God’s Word every day and praying and spending time listening to the Lord, we can learn to understand the most important gifts God has given us.
Mark runs a hand over the leaves. Hanging from one of the stems is a single brass key. He plucks the key from the branch and examines it.
Mark runs out of the room.
INT. IN FRONT OF A LARGE WOODEN DOOR
Mark walks slowly up to the wooden door, key in hand.
We should give thanks to God for every gift we receive on earth.
He looks down at the lock and carefully inserts the key.
But, even when it seems like we aren’t getting what we want, let’s remember...
He turns the key.
...that those who place their life in the hands of Jesus Christ have greater gifts awaiting them. Gifts more wondrous than anything we have yet seen or imagined.
Mark opens the door. As he does, a bright, golden light spills over him. His eyes tear up and a smile spreads across his face.
Let us be thankful by remembering what God has done for us.
Mark steps through the door.
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