Rodney’s Journey




A little car decides that his way is best, and learns what happens when he decides not to follow. This is a legacy video, created in 2009 with minimal equipment. The first independent narrative by Thing in a Pot director Katie Rutter, she shares her own journey of creating Rodney’s Journey.

“The entire process was a test of obedience and perseverance, just like Rodney learned during his journey. The car never did quite go the direction it should, and by the end of the production poor Rodney was so tired he could only make right turns. Originally scheduled to shoot for just one day, all production screeched to a halt when Rodney actually did tumble and lose one of his upper wheels in the river. There was no back-up Rodney, and the missing wheel was too obvious to continue shooting. For days I waded in that creek, looking and praying to find the lost wheel. Finally, it was as if God said, “Just do it anyway.” I called the crew and we determined to continue somehow. After a sudden epiphany, I consulted my father and we “created” a wheel using hardware and hot glue (you can see the difference in the movie at 4:07 – the fabricated wheel is on the left). All we needed to do was trust and follow God’s direction, and all finished smoothly. Well almost. Rodney still can’t make left turns, but after his crazy journey, I don’t think he will want to go cruising on his own anytime soon.”

Group Discussion Questions

When have you decided to go your own way? What happened?
Why do you think God puts us through trials?
Have you ever been taken on a challenge, not knowing whether it would end well? What was the result?
How can you be a better follower of God?
How can we learn to trust God’s direction?

For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord,
plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope.

– Jeremiah 29:11

Production Photos


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