“Know Who You Are” (from Moana)
Dear God, I got home from rehearsal last night and there was a gap between Friday night college football games so I flipped channels and landed on the movie Moana. It was towards the end so I rode it out until it was over. When it came up at the end, I remembered the reaction I had to this scene and song the first time I saw the movie.
I have an old friend I’ve know for over 20 years who, several years ago, chose to start going down a self-destructive path. In fact, at lunch yesterday, I was telling another friend about him and wondering what role you have for me to play in his life. Do I have a voice to speak into his life? If I said something, would he hear me? Would I come across as sanctimonious? Would it destroy the shreds of friendship we have left? On the other hand, am I failing him by not risking everything for him? And if I did say something, what would I say?
That’s where this song/scene comes in. I don’t know what happened to my friend that made him turn on a dime. I don’t know if he did something that caused him shame or if something shameful happened to him. Perhaps neither. Perhaps both. But there are times I feel like I know him in a way that he doesn’t. Or at least I remember something about him that he has forgotten. When I first saw this scene in 2016, I thought of him, and I thought of him again last night. Is it a coincidence that I was talking about him yesterday and then I saw this last night, or was it providence?
So, Father, if the green heart in this scene can represent the renewing mercy and grace you offer, show me how to carry it to my friend with this message.
I have crossed the horizon to find you
In other words, I’m willing to risk everything to bring you this message.
I know your name
I know you in a way and things about who you are that you’ve forgotten.
They have stolen the heart from inside you
Something happened that caused you shame. Whether it was self-inflicted or done to you, it stole and hid from you who you are.
But this does not define you
There is mercy and grace. You know God. I know you remember the mercy that is available. Don’t let the secret of whatever happened control you.
This is not who you are
This is the truth. You may not see it, but this is not who you are.
I know who you are
Please remember and cling to Jesus. Let him heal your wounds.
Father, show me the way to him that I might carry your message to him and to others around me as well.
In Jesus’s name I pray,