Do you ever struggle with doubt? I do. ALL THE TIME. I doubt myself, my abilities, my thoughts, even my writings on the Pastor’s Blog…
Marnie and I took the children and youth to see the movie A Wrinkle in Time over Spring Break. The movie is based on a book by the same name originally published in 1962. The movie tells the story of Meg Murray, a middle schooler in Los Angeles who goes on a journey searching for her father across the universe. This story is about an adventure, but also about a girl embracing herself exactly as she is, and realizing how strong, amazing, and brilliant she is. In the beginning, we see Meg insecure, doubting herself, her intelligence, and hating her appearance. We realize she is not the only character in the movie that struggles with self-doubt. Before you say, that is just part of the middle school experience, it is part of the human experience. I understand Meg doubting herself: her abilities, her instincts, her intellect. That is me too, in middle school and beyond. During her journey, she meets Guardians of the Light: Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which. Mrs. Which tells her, “Be a Warrior.” I see these Guardians similar to Wisdom in Proverbs 8, calling in the streets, “Listen, for I speak things that are correct; from my lips come what is right. My mouth utters the truth… I have advice and ability, as well as understanding and strength.”
I won’t give away the ending of the book or movie, but to say that, in the end, Meg believes herself, embraces the qualities that are distinctly hers, and does in fact become a warrior.
This message of “Be a Warrior” isn’t just for middle schoolers. It’s for all of us. All of us who struggle. All of us who forget we are uniquely created by a God who loves us, and wants us to be the best version of ourselves. To hear God who says, “Kim, I made you this way. Not by accident, or with scraps or leftovers. Your light is meant to shine, not be dim like a flashlight that needs new batteries. You are uniquely and wonderfully made.”
What does it mean to be a warrior? To listen to the voice that says, “Speak up. This isn’t right!” To be bold in our love in caring for the unlovable, or the unwanted. To see where our gifts can be used to their fullest potential. Believe in yourself friends. Embrace your abilities. Be a Warrior.
“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Written by Kim Crowley