We are Moana

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I must confess, the movie Moana ignited a bit of inspiration. There may have been a few times I pulled out my phone to take notes for this exact moment of sharing my thoughts with you. I’m laughing at myself, but at the same time I must embrace it. I think we can and should find inspiration wherever and however we can.

The day before, the subject of life journeys was planted during a bible study, so it was already somewhat on my mind. We discussed  Mary’s journey to be exact.  Yes, I know Christmas is over…but we are a group of busy moms who get behind from time to time. That is much the norm in the journey of motherhood.  Things never play out exactly as we have set out in our minds. There are more bumps and bruises than we ever thought possible.

Anyway, I enjoy making parallels between peoples lives. It allows me to feel connected. It helps me to see how even we really are. Although Moana is a fictional character in a fictional plot…the core of the story (not the entirety of it) is powerful and relatable in our ordinary lives.

The following may seem to be quite the stretch and in a way it is, but this is truly a glimpse into my over-thinking head and how it functions. No, this movie was not biblical. There are just parallels I decided to point out. Was there worldly thinking scattered throughout this movie?  Yes, of course there was. Just as there is worldly thinking scattered in my own mind. It wasn’t a Christian film. But despite that being obvious to most, I feel it actually is important to point this out. At the end of the day, I want you to know our power comes from God, not ourselves as the world will try to tell us. That point is by far more important than anything else I am about to say…

The water chose Moana to embark on a journey to save her people. God calls us to do the same. She felt a pull in her do be doing something more-something different than what her little world was telling her to. One time she went into the sea like she thought she should and it ended in disaster. It left her feeling lost and confused. It was because it wasn’t the right time, she needed to know more. She simply was not ready.

When the time was right, she knew it. She got into her boat and off she went. She felt brave, encouraged, and empowered. Then, things got messy. We all know how messy life gets, even when we are doing the right thing. Can I get an “Amen”?

Her boat flipped.  She got tired and scared.  She got angry and yelled at the water (just as we do to God). The water would gently pick her back up and placed her back on the boat when she went overboard. The water picked her back up…but did not make her journey easier.

Moana made it to Maui and was disappointed. He was not what she was expecting. He was not the hero she envisioned. How many times have we felt the same. Maui doubted the water and even asked why the water couldn’t bring the heart back itself. Many in this world ask the same sort of questions about God.

There was even a point where Moana tried giving the heart back to the water. She went back down and got it. The rough waters didn’t calm because she decided to carry on. Maui didn’t magically become easier to deal with. Why did she do it? Nothing could silence the voice inside her. Nothing can silence the voice inside any of us. Sometimes we need to work on how to hear it. Sometimes we choose to ignore it.

God will never force us to answer His call. It is out of His love for us that He doesn’t use force. It is hard to wrap our heads around it…I know. He doesn’t calm the waters of life. But He is always there with us. Always.

You see, I am Moana. We all are. We are called, in our own unique way, to restore the heart of the Lava Monsters who have had their hearts stolen by the world. One difference (and there are more) is that we are still on our journeys. Our happy ending is yet to come.

12 thoughts on “We are Moana

  1. Reblogged this on Faith.Hope.Love and commented:
    My Weekly Featured Blog: We are Moana by Through the Stillness Blog

    “God will never force us to answer His call. It is out of His love for us that He doesn’t use force. It is hard to wrap our heads around it…I know. He doesn’t calm the waters of life. But He is always there with us. Always.

    You see, I am Moana. We all are. We are called, in our own unique way, to restore the heart of the Lava Monsters who have had their hearts stolen by the world. One difference (and there are more) is that we are still on our journeys. Our happy ending is yet to come.”

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  2. I haven’t seen this movie yet, but I love watching secular movies and pulling nuggets of truth from them. I’m such a visual person and I love making comparisons so I can usually take any movie and use it to ask stimulating questions about faith. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Hey there! This post could not be written any better!

    Reading through this post reminds me of my previous
    room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward
    this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read.

    Many thanks for sharing!

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  4. Stacy, I’d like to propose that I’m the pepper shaker to your salt shaker with respect to “Moana”. I totally agree with your take on her; but I’d suggest there’s a complement to it. Just as Moana was under-confident in her identity, Maui was OVER-confident. To me that movie was every bit as much about Maui as it was Moana, the title character. Moana was cocky, over-sure of himself, and rude. And that hook… He trusted not in his calling, but in that hook to do his thing. Moana even calls him out on that. He of course does so as well toward the end. He quivers with fear when he realizes the hook is damaged. But he comes around. When he realizes “Hook… No hook… I’m Maui!” and proceeds to win the battle without the stupid hook, he gets it right. Finally.

    You see, I’m Maui. I trust too much in my career, my job, my success. Yes I trust in God, I am His child, but I let things like jobs and success obscure that sometimes.

    Keep writing! You do well.

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    1. Well, pepper shaker, I’m glad you shared your thoughts. What a great insight. Maui was just as important a part as Moana. Boy, how we all can relate to having “hooks” in our life. Thank you. 🙂

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