Saturday, October 19, 2019
So, my favorite movie is Moana. Not my favorite Disney movie; my favorite movie, period. I think God has been trying to get my attention through this movie since the first time I saw it, but I was too busy crying to understand, until now.
If I were to pick out the most important points, the film is about Moana, the daughter of the chief of the island village of Motunui. Something tragic happens on the island and all the crops suddenly stop growing and are dying instead. Moana knows that to fix the problem, they have to go off the island and basically to the mainland, but no one will listen to her because the voyage is too dangerous. So, of course, with the blessing of her grandmother, and in full defiance of her father’s orders, Moana does it anyway. And in true Disney fashion, there is a happy ending. However, there wouldn’t have been a happy ending if Moana didn’t go with her gut, which was telling her to go to the mainland to get more produce for the village. Moana had to break her village out of the routine they had been accustomed to in order to save them.
In Isaiah 43:18-19, God says, “Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Sometimes in order for new life to form and for dead things to be brought to life, we have to do something that we have never done before. It requires us to assess the problem and go with our gut–or, in more “Christian” terms, to listen to what God’s Spirit is telling us to do–and then to ACT. ACT, regardless of the opinions around you and any contrary advice that you are being given. If you believe, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the Spirit is speaking, answer the call.
A biblical example is Noah. God told him to build a boat in preparation for a great flood. Everyone looked at him as if he was not mentally sound, because there was no rain. But Noah kept building for many years–clearly it must have rained multiple times over the years a) in order to keep the agricultural cycle going, and b) because nowhere in the narrative does it say that there was a drought, otherwise we probably would have seen people praying for rain. But alas, Noah was out on the shore building this great boat–an ark large enough to hold his family and several species of animals–because God told him to. And Noah trusted God. Lo and behold, the flood finally came, and the folks that were mocking Noah…perished.
New things are strange. New things signal change. (Haha, totally didn’t mean to rhyme there). BUT we can’t be afraid of change, especially when it’s directed by the Holy Spirit. Because just as the Spirit created order out of chaos at creation, He can also make change make sense (again with the puns!)
So follow the winds of the Holy Spirit wherever they may take you. Listen to the voice of the Spirit, whatever He may be saying. And who knows how far you’ll go 😉