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.
Most everyone knows I’m a huge Star Wars fan. I’m more of an original trilogy fan and not so much of the prequels. However, there are some good things in the prequels. Yes, there are even some good things in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Some of those things include the pod racing scene, the lightsaber duels between Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan & Darth Maul and there are some quotable quotes.
One scene that sticks out in my mind from that film is where young Anakin is brought before the Jedi Council by Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan. The council senses that Anakin is afraid of losing his mother (and he admits that he misses her). Anakin asked what the big deal was about that. Yoda then tells Anakin that fear is the beginning down a dark path. The path to the dark side. Yoda then says the following:
“Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.”
This is true for us. We tend to fear what we don’t know. If that fear persists, then anger can develop. If anger develops and grows, it leads to hate. Hate that persists leads to suffering. Maybe it’s not fear that leads to anger but something else. Regardless if anger persists to hate, hate will inevitably lead to suffering.
The suffering is not only those around you but the suffering is inside you as well. As we learn in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Anakin becomes Darth Vader and from that lots of people suffered but he suffered greatly as well.
It is a lesson from Yoda we should learn. Our sinful nature can easily lead us down the wrong path and cause pain and suffering. But the great thing is that in knowing and following Jesus, we don’t have to fear. We don’t have to go down the wrong path because when we follow Jesus, we’re going in the right direction.
Anyone who knows me, knows that my favorite movies are the original Star Wars Trilogy. I grew up watching those films over and over again (and would dare say i could pretty much quote at length most of them). I collected the toys and books and pretty much anything Star Wars. So I would say that I know that “universe” pretty well.
If you asked me growing up what Star Wars character I would’ve wanted to be, I would have told you Han Solo. He was cool and flew around the galaxy in the Millennium Falcon. He had a cool companion in Chewbacca. When people messed with him, he just drew his blaster. And of course there was Princess Leia, who fell in love with him. If there was any Star Wars character to be, it would be Han Solo.
But, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to understand I’m more like Luke Skywalker. Yeah on the one hand he’s a Jedi and that’s cool. But compared to Han? Luke’s not as cool. But, I do relate more to Luke. Growing up, I wanted to get away. I dreamed about what was out there beyond. Luke was very much that way as he went through his days on the farm that Uncle Owen & Aunt Beru ran. As he left Tatooine and traveled, I have been able to do the same going on adventures I’d never imagined.
Like Luke, I struggle with anger. The film The Empire Strikes Back, showed that side of Luke rather well and it’s a characteristic in my life that I still try and work through. Also like Skywalker, I struggle with being impatient. I’m not a patient person. Luke is not either. In Empire, he hastily leaves his training on Dagobah to try and help his friends against the advisement of Yoda & Obi-Wan Kenobi. Kenobi even screams out to Luke “Patience!” There are those seasons in my life (and right now is one of them) where I need that screamed at me and yet I still want to rush off to wherever. Patience is another thing that I’m trying to work on and get better.
I may not be a Han Solo, but there’s a need for a Luke Skywalker. So wherever my journey takes me, I know that God has a part for me to play. And the lessons that I’ve learned along the way will make me a a better person & a better leader down the road.