Have you seen the movie ‘Harriet?’
It is about Harriet Tubman, an incredible woman who was born into slavery, escaped and then led many missions to rescue slaves and led them to freedom. It is a true story and a compelling movie for many reasons.
Harriet had suffered a head injury as a child and as a result she had headaches and dreamlike trances. She believed her trances and visions were God’s revelations. Because of her strong faith she listened carefully to God and she would only go where she felt God was leading her. She had extraordinarily success on her missions despite the unfavourable odds against her and the real danger to her life and she lived to over 90 years old. A truly inspirational story.
In the movie there is one scene which impacted me as I felt like she was speaking directly to this current generation. In this scene Harriet is meeting with a group of prominent and important politicians and those working to abolish slavery and they tell her that further rescue missions are too dangerous and impossible.
Harriet replies to them, ‘Many of you don’t know slavery first-hand. You were born free, or maybe you have been free so long, you forgot what it’s like. You got comfortable and important’. (paraphrased)
It made me think about my freedom in Christ. There was a time when I was a slave to addiction, to brokenness, to sin and to pain. I was made free by Jesus over 20 year ago and I fight with myself all the time to not to get too comfortable and forget what it was like to live under the slavery of world. There are people in our communities and all over the world living under oppression, captivity, and hopelessness, who need us not to forget or to get comfortable in our lives. They need us to stand up, to fight for them, to make it our mission to find them and led them to Jesus to be set free.
In the movie Harriet goes on to say ‘What those still enslaved are going through right now! I have heard their groans and sighs, and seen their tears, and I would give every drop of blood in my veins to free them! (paraphrased)
We need fresh eyes to see the pain all around us and fresh ears to hear the groans and a fresh spirit of a warrior to take action, to not allow comfort or the busyness of our modern lives or our lack of confidence to stop us from stepping on to the battlefield. We can play our part in the plan, we can see Jesus change lives and set free the captives. When we listen to the voice of God, go where we are called and go where we are led by God just like Harriet Tubman.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.Harriet Tubman