One of the new hit TV shows this year is Supergirl based on the DC comic book character. It is one of the most popular shows right now and I’ve been enjoying every episode so far. The latest episode aired this past Monday and had an interesting theme underlying the episode.
Kara (aka Supergirl) has been dealing with a lot of frustration of late. Frustration at work as Kara Danvers working as the assistant to Cat Grant at CatCo Worldwide Media. Frustration at work as Supergirl fighting villains and learning to use her superpowers for good. And frustration in her personal life because she is in love with James Olson (aka Jimmy Olson from the Superman comics) but he has recently gotten back together with Lucy Lane (younger sister of Lois Lane).
All of this pent up frustration sees itself come out at inopportune times for Kara both as Supergirl and as her alter ego. This includes Kara lashing out at Cat Grant in her office. Cat doesn’t get angry at Kara but instead takes her out to a restaurant to have a conversation. Cat is having to deal with frustration as her mother is visiting National City but doesn’t really have much to do with Cat and looks down on her accomplishments.
Cat tells Kara that she knows that Kara isn’t angry at her. Kara is really angry about something else. Cat tells Kara that she needs to deal with the anger behind the anger in order to address the anger issue. Later in the episode, Kara realizes that the anger is really being sent away from Krypton and not feeling like she can have a normal life.
I think we can all relate to Kara’s thoughts and feelings from this episode. There are times when we are angry and lash out on those around us when deep down we are not angry with them. They are just collaterial damage. There is an anger behind the anger that we need to address. Maybe it is something we bury deep down because we don’t want to deal with it. Maybe it is some hurt we have experienced that hasn’t been addressed. Whatever it is, in order to be at peace we need to look deeper at the anger behind the anger and address it.
Forgiveness is such a powerful thing. There is a great freedom that comes from forgiveness. Forgiveness is not easy though but the benefits that come from it easily outweigh anything else. It takes getting to the heart of the issue and forgiving those who have wronged us, who have hurt us and that may include forgiving ourselves. When we deal with the anger behind the anger, our relationships are healthier and we are better able to live and work and serve. And the cool thing is God is there to help us in dealing with it if we turn it over to Him. After all, He is well versed in forgiveness and forgiving us and gives us the ability for forgive others.