At noon the sky became extremely dark. The darkness lasted three hours. At three o’clock, Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
When Jesus died on a cross to save mankind, there was three hours of darkness. Three hours may not have seemed like a large span of time but do you realize all of the transformation which took place in three short hours? Sometimes the evidence of darkness is the very thing we need in our lives. Why? Because in those darkened times we begin to search for the Light.
Why do we not believe that we are worth anything sometimes? Why are we bogged down with statements such as these: I am not good enough. I will never amount to anything. I can’t do anything right. I am such a failure at life. These words haunt millions of people everyday and it’s time we shed some Light on the subject.
Like the caterpillar we spend the beginning of our lives eating up all of the worlds media and what it says about people. Media segregates people and puts them into groups according to what they see on the outside: black, while, Indian, mothers, fathers, children, work-a-holics, homeless, over-achievers…the lists are endless. But in reality we are all unique on the inside. Our opinions matter not because of what race we are or what part of society we belong to, but because each of us have value.
Where did we get so off course with our own identities? So many of us wander around never knowing who we are. We just keep eating and eating all of what the world has to offer because we are afraid that if we change we won’t be accepted anymore. When in reality, we should be willing to accept that like the caterpillar we need to go through a transformation process. We need to accept that at some point we have to pull away from the world and discover who God thinks we are. We need to go into our cocoon process to discover this. We have to be wiling to surrender what we think is life to be held in darkness for a moment so that we may emerge as the person God designed us to be.
If we never go through with the cocoon process we will always believe what the world says about us. We will no longer have a desire to be all that we can be. In fact, we will just continue to go with the flow with no regard for ourselves.
………to be continued