Have you had your “Meg” experience?
What’s that? You know the journey. Self-discovery. Overcoming the evils of fear, insecurities, doubt to live as the beautiful, wonderfully-made person God created you to be (Psalms 139:14).
The movie “A Wrinkle in Time“, directed by the gifted Ava DuVernay, features our locker room guest, the amazing Storm Reid, who portrays “Meg”. In this epic adventure to find her missing father, Meg, her brother, and a friend, along with 3 “Mrs.” embark on a journey to discover strength they’ve always had, and overcome “It”, the ultimate evil.
Kids and adults of all ages will get their chance to travel with Meg – not only through a vibrant universe not seen since the likes of Avatar, but through the challenging phases of self-realization.
Let’s take a brief look at some of the self-discovery “mile-markers” illustrated in the movie.
Are you Here?
I’m Angry and I’m Acting Out.
In this phase, Meg shows us that the object of our anger and frustration is not the source of our discontent and pain. You may “take it out” on others – or even yourself – but the fact of the matter is when “…hope is crushed, it makes the heart sick.” (Proverbs 13:12)
A sick heart will infect your life, your peace, your purpose. Get unstuck from this phase by embracing truth; be honest about how you’re feeling, and cast every care to God who cares deeply for you (1 Peter 5:7).
I Want to Be Strong, But I Don’t Know How.
In this phase, you’re trying. You’re doing the “right” thing, giving it a go, you’ve said ‘yes’ to the journey. But, you feel awkward. And, when you look at others around you in similar situations – they’re handling things far better than you are. What’s wrong with you?
Not a thing! It’s okay to want to be strong, but you don’t know how. Frankly, it’s okay to not know anything – but you’re in the room, you’re on the journey, putting one foot in front of the other. Meg didn’t faint at this mile-marker, and neither will you. Guard your heart against the weariness of doing good – “due season” is actually a promise (Galatians 6:9).
I’m Not Who They Say I Am, But Who God Says I Am.
Now you’re getting somewhere, Team. Words are seeds; all seeds don’t belong in the soil of your heart. Think about it. When the Creator of the entire universe set in motion every purposed event for the exact moment of your birth – what do you think He called you?
What name did someone else call you, who, perhaps, you love and respect? Who’s trying to convince you that you’re less than the way God sees you?
Give God’s voice permission to drown out the naysayers and give you strength to stand up in your personal greatness!
I Can Do This, I Just Choose Not To.
In this phase, like Meg, you’re farther along on your journey. You’ve met a few challenges, and passed a few tests. Now, you’re at the crossroads. It’s showtime. It’s now or never.
What do you realize at this mile-marker? The power of choice. Do choices have to be complicated or are they actually simple? What would happen if you chose to do it versus tried to do it?
I’d Rather Be Me Than Someone Else’s Image of Perfection
Ever want something so bad, and then, when it’s within your reach, you have a change of heart? But you wanted that, right? You prayed day and night for “it”. You’d sacrifice almost anything to be that, no? What happened?
When you align your pursuits with what brings God joy, you’ll find your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). And suddenly, the weak parts of you that believed in lack and lived in fear are gone. You really are everything God called you and made you to be.
So, check out our locker room chat with Storm Reid, follow her everywhere on her social media platforms. Check your local listings for a showing of “A Wrinkle in Time”, and let us know if you can relate to these self-discovery and realization mile-markers.
What are some of your takeaways from the movie?