The Shack

A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called “The Shack.”
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Step out of the boat – Keep your eyes on Me

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Themes: Fear, Focus, Jesus, Problems, Storms of Life, Trials, Trusting God
Scene Details:
Mack is sitting in a rowboat in the middle of a lake. Suddenly, his quiet reflection is broken by the sound of his terrified daughter’s voice. He looks around, seeing nothing. The boat jerks as something underneath strikes it, hard, again and again. Mack looks down into the water and sees his son under the surface, struggling to come up for air. He reaches into the water to save him, but the vision disappears. Mack pulls back his hand, which is now coated in a black sludge. The inky slime begins to spread outward from the boat, leaking inside and polluting the clean lake. The boat begins to break apart underneath Mack, who is now gasping in fright. In the midst of his terror, Mack hears the voice of Jesus…
Jesus: “Mack! Mack, it’s okay.”
Mack: “Why are You doing this to me?”
Jesus: “This isn’t Me.”
Mack: “You told me to come out here!”
Jesus: “Mack, this is happening inside you. You’re letting it consume you and you don’t have to.”
Mack continues to see painful images from his past – – himself giving CPR to his drowning son and his murdered daughter’s coffin. He looks at the water now rapidly filling the boat and is horrified.
Jesus, pointing to Himself: “Don’t look at it, Mack! Look here!”
Jesus continues, walking on the water toward Mack: “Don’t think about the past. Don’t think about the pain. Look at Me. Everything is gonna be okay.”
Mack looks down one more time as the stern of his boat sinks beneath the water. He looks back at Jesus and stares at Him in desperation as he sinks.
Jesus, locking into his gaze: “None of this can hurt you. Trust Me.”
Mack’s breathing slows as he keeps his eyes on Christ. Suddenly, he is sitting once again in a sturdy rowboat in the middle of a clear lake. Jesus walks across the water toward him, reaching out a hand…
Total Time: 2:04
Start Time: 1:12:45
End Time: 1:14:49
Start Cue: Close-up of man’s face
End Cue: Jesus walking on water toward boat 
Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”  Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?”   Matt.14 (The Message)

2017, LIONSGATE, Rated PG-13 (for thematic material including some violence)

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