In Turtles, Bella has her family – and that’s what she needs. She fights for what she needs. She takes what she needs. And she doesn’t care what anyone thinks -- notwithstanding her kids. But sometimes your need is given to you and you don’t know it because you’re so focused on what you “need” next. You may not know that redemption, liberty, choice, freedom, happiness, and other intangibles are what you really need because you’re so focused on food, health, or in the case of our family, privacy.
It takes a shock to the system – something out of the ordinary. It comes from outside of your own desires and expectations: a text from your estranged half-sister, an unexpected test result, or a change in weather perhaps. It’s something that frames everything you thought you knew in a totally different way. Our Jesus, in Turtles, does all of that to our main character. He comes to Bella when she needs him most, and only by accepting this “karma” or “divine intervention” can she change what happens to her.
As my wife reminded me early in this process, “Jesus shows himself to people in a way that they need to see him.” In our show he’s a mechanic, he’s a kindness, and he’s a mystery. Just enough to jog John’s little family off the side of the road and into the next leg of their adventure.