I loved watching Star Wars as a teenager. Of course, I wanted to be Princess Leia and have Hans Solo wrapped around my finger. Even the heroes needed rescuing once in a while. Boy was Hans ever in the dark before Leia and Luke came to save him from Jaffa the Hut. It just goes to show that even the best of us need someone to help us find our way out of the dark.
When I read fantasy novels, the dark is almost always evil. Lands are cast into darkness, people are corrupted with dark thoughts and dark intentions. Darkness has its meaning everywhere. In the book, Game of Thrones, the darkness comes as a long period of winter. It presents itself as cold, menacing, and yes…dark.
No one wants that time to come. Everyone must learn to survive.
And the majority of them do.
If life were like a fantasy novel, we could pull out our lightsabors and say, “I will never cross over to the dark side.” If only it were that easy.
Here, in the real world, our battle to find our way in the dark is just as scary and life threatening at times as the characters we read about. There is no doubt, today, we live in a darkening world. While the seasons pass and the light extends our daylight hours, there are people around us fighting the battle and escaping the darkness. Then, there are those who have succumbed and lost their way.
I live in world filled with lost youth and drug/ alcohol addictions and crime. I hear about death not far from my door and gangs and destruction. If I watched the news I’d see shootings and angry politicians. Their is suicides and rape and babies that never get born alive. And the list goes on and on and on. Yet, everyday we find our way in through these darknesses. We learn what to avoid and what we can save. We are cautious and protective to the point we no longer can smile at one another or say hello on the streets. We avert our eyes, keep our phones clutched tightly in our hands or in front of our faces.
Do you live in this world, too? Are you wondering where the hero is who comes to rescue us?
Perhaps we are not the ones who need rescuing. Maybe we are the heroes that have yet to discover our true purpose and what gifts come with that calling.
In every great novel, there is a black moment. It’s the moment when the main character despairs. All seems lost. Then they have to choose to use the gifts and answer the call or give up and become part of the darkness. Now, if you’ve read enough novels, than you know the later usually doesn’t happen. And like a novel, in real life there is a little ray of light that if we look close enough… hard enough.. and keep our focus on it, it will lead us to a better place. We become our own champions and we determine our own endings.
Every champion has someone watching his back. Hans Solo had Chewbacca and Luke had Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Whose helping you find your way in the darkness? Do you need to borrow that lightsaber?