Today my family celebrated the 31st birthday of Amy, my daughter. My daughter’s and I gathered together for breakfast and prayer and shared many memories and laughter. Late in the afternoon, Amy and I went to see the movie “Hidden Figures”. To say that the movie moved me would be an understatement. My goodness, humanity is very skilled in hiding the cause that creates effects. In the movie, based on fact, the audience learns that women of colour were the hidden figures, silent cause, behind the success of John Glenn’s and the grand US of A’s first successful orbit around the earth. I left the theatre wondering, “Why does humanity fear sharing the cause and effect, the truth around success or failure? History and this movie certainly proved this point, that failures are roads that lead us to success. And yet, causes that lead to failure, and sadly, the courage that lead to successes, are often covered up because of ego or egos.
When I read the first chapter of Matthew and see the genealogy of Jesus, I see that his bloodline leads us to five women of questionable repute. Yet each of these women exemplified faith and courage as they followed their hearts and the leading of their Creator, and each woman changed history for the better.
Each one of us have questionable people of repute, imperfect people, in our lives who have taught us valuable lessons and changed us for the better. So my question is, “What are the gifts we have received from the questionable people in our lives? What has our real or perceived enemy taught us, and are we viewing, perceiving, that person in a truthful light?
Who is the hidden figure, or figures, in our lives that the Spirit is using to draw us closer to what we need to understand in order to heal and become whole?
And what would happen if we dared to have a conversation with them so we could successfully orbit our journey?
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Blast off! May we dare to enter an authentic journey that is out of this world. I bet if we do, as in the movie, our hidden figures will become our rescuers and our heroes.