This is a movie that teaches so many things but I shall handle just one aspect of it – Helping People(it could be your own people or everyone you come across on your way). I know a lot of us that have children and grandchildren must have watched several of these kiddies movies such as Frozen, Sophia the First, Boss Baby, Spy Kids, Elena, The Lion Guard, etc to name but a few but I am so particularly interested in these ones itemized: Moana, Sophia the First and Elena of Avalor. All these movies are geared towards helping people, either their own people, friends and or human beings they come across with in general.
As a grand-mom who is always with my grandchildren, I have to watch whatever movie they love to watch and I even got more addicted to these movies than these children.
Why do I have to watch along with them?
I do that to ascertain the kind of movies they are watching if they were right and teaches good lessons or morals and also to pin point lessons they ought to learn as to achieve the right morals or learning from watching such movies. As a result I fell in love with most of these movies. In fact my little grand baby(2+) would want to watch Moana for the whole day and if possible night and she will cry on any changes made by her elder sister or any one. So the love for this particular movie increased.
A Brief Recap of the Story
The story is told on how a community that was formally vibrant in its activities became stalled and only depend on the little resources the land and sea could generate/provide for them until a certain period even the land could no longer produce that which sustains the people and the oceans also ran dry of fishes and so it was almost getting difficult for the community to survive.
In order to keep the community safe from all harms and hazards from both sea and land, the village head banned people from fishing beyond the ocean but at this particular time, the traps could no longer catch any fish and so Moana(a little girl, the Chief’s daughter) – the next in line to the throne ordered the people to fish beyond the ocean since there was none around them. This statement angered her father who shouted at her and told her no one goes beyond the ocean.
Not knowing what could make her father to be so infuriated, she told him they could not go when things were working well but now he could see problems everywhere and so people should be allowed to go and fish beyond the ocean but he shouted the more at her.
Her mother knowing what transpired between father and daughter tried to inform her daughter how her daddy had lost a friend beyond that ocean sometime and how he was helpless and couldn’t rescue that friend.
On hearing from her mother, still defying the orders of her father went out on a secret mission to ascertain the main problems talked about beyond the ocean and set off to the ocean but with the mighty waves saw things for herself that the ocean was actually dangerous if not deadly but she was encouraged by her grandmother when she was informed of the main cause of the problem hence wanted to inform her father of the possible solution to the problem but he refused to listen and rather wanted to destroy the antiquities of their history.
His mother wanting to solve this problem once and for all decided to go ahead of her granddaughter but not without empowering her. Even on her sick bed, she encouraged her to set off to where she could meet Mauwi as to return the stolen heart of Defite- the goddess of fertility of the earth.
Moana was just a little girl who ordinarily should not have taken such a risky journey to the demigod of the sea and land and also the goddess of the fertility of the earth but the spirit to help her people continued to propel her to actions that children of her age could never have embarked upon. Remember she is also the next in line to the throne hence she had been guarded to take responsibilities that calls for decisive actions of a leader. She has been trained to handle tough times and the choice of the ocean from childhood also was to prepare her for this function although she never knew that she was chosen until it resurfaced again in the presence of her grandmother and she admits that she thought it was a dream.
Moana tried to let her father know that he taught her how to help her people and for him standing against that was not right hence she has to do everything within her power to help the people, thanks for the understanding of a grandmother who is spirit filled at all times. And who also told them this story about Mauwi’s action a thousand years ago. As at that time Moana was just a baby. When other children were crying for fear of the darkness that would envelop the entire world there and then also experienced the physical darkness as the chief came in. While in that state, Moana the baby has gone to the ocean bank and tried to rescue a baby turtle from some predators and finally gone into the water where the choice of a savior was done by the ocean.
Because it chose her, the ocean also played a significant role in making sure that the task came to fulfillment . It was always there to render assistance when it can. The same way our God is always there for us at every predicament we experience in life.
He told Moses in Exo.4:15- 17 that :” …And I will be with your mouth and with his(Aaron his brother’s) mouth, and I will teach you what you shall do. So he shall be your spokesman to the people. And he himself shall be as a mouth for you, and you shall be to him as God. And you shall take this rod in your hand, with which you shall do the signs.” This is empowerment from God Himself to Moses, teaching him everything and going ahead of him to prepare the way for him.
Moana felt that going all the way to solve the problem of the people was the major thing to do to help her people and so she was ready to obey her grandmother so that normalcy could return to her people so they could live and enjoy their lives as it used to be a thousand years ago. Meanwhile her daddy is also concerned about the situation but he was not ready to risk his life nor any member of his community for any kind of task to bring relief to the problem but this little girl was determined and set out, she saw, suffered, almost lost her life and returned victoriously. So it should be with us.
Whenever we find a way to help the least of a brother , what are we doing? Do we all set out to solve the problem or let them die in their problems? God is admonishing us in various passages of the Bible to help our brothers in any small way we can. Jesus said whenever we do any of such task to the least of our brothers that we did it unto Him and our Heavenly Father will reward us. See Matthew 25: 35-40 and I quote:
“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger and ye took me in, Naked and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me;I was in prison and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him saying Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger and took thee in? or naked and clothed thee? or when saw we thee sick or in prison and came unto thee? And the king shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”
Some Biblical Stories on people who responded to such calls when they were chosen or called to help its citizens.
Moses( A Pharaoh to be) as he learnt all that concerns Egyptian laws and practices but refused to be called and identified as one; he rather identified himself with the suffering people of God, the oppressed in the society, the abused, those that heavy burdens were laid upon. And so one of these periods as he was going round as usual, met a problem which he decided upon by eliminating the Egyptian but rescued his own suffering person.
You see in some cases you want to render assistance to some people, they are the same people that will cause problem for you if not death. Only God will deliver us from such hearts and so this time around, Moses came face to face with two brethren fighting and wanting to know what was amiss, one quickly accosted him if he has come to kill him the way he killed the Egyptian, on hearing this Moses heart was cut into pieces and he ran away for his dear life from the face of his people. (Exodus 2:11 – 15)
It was at this point in time he was called and chosen by God to return to that land of Egypt as to rescue God’s people from the hands of their slave masters and oppressors. And so Moses was reluctant to obey such message from God but who is man to stand against what God has designed? No One. At the end of it all, God’s power was manifested in the lives of both the Israelites and the Egyptians and the deliverance took place amidst opposition from Pharaoh (Exodus three through fourteen.)
JESUS ANSWER THE CALL OF HIS FATHER TO COME DOWN TO DELIVER THE WORLD
Another that was called and chosen was Jesus, who came to deliver mankind from our sins, suffering and eternal condemnation. Jesus came, suffered pain on the cross of Calvary, He died and was buried, On the third day He rose from the dead according to the Gospel of God and went back to His throne, so that we all can look upon Him and be saved from sin.(Matthew 1-2; 16: 13-28; 26 – 28) and he commanded us to preach the good news to all nations baptizing those who believe in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Before His coming prophecies abound, signs were given and all came to pass but the obstinacy of people never allow us to believe in the one who was sent by God to us all. I thank God the grave never held him back like every other dead prophets of God that He should be called a prophet but He stands as the Savior of the World. And in His name we can render help to those in need without fear because He said any time you do such you are doing it unto Him.(Isaiah 7: 10 – 14; 9:6-7; 53 and 61 indicate His functions which He did carried out while on earth).
Whoever God calls, He equips. Especially His presence was always with them so it was right from Adam, even when Adam fell from the garden of Eden, God still visited them to render assistance to Adam and his wife Eve . God was the first Surgeon and tailor who sew dresses for Adam and Eve(Gen. 2: 21 – 22; 3:21). He was the first of all things designer of the ark(Gen.6: 14 -22), after all He is the maker of this world and everything in it.
The Heavens and all terrestrial beings and things, the waters and everything living and non living creatures in all things, the depth and deep places are all His and He knows what goes on everywhere including all the hurricanes and earthquakes and other natural disasters devastating our lands, He knows .
All that is required of us is to render prayers and assistance to those affected and those that need our help.
What category of people can we help?
Right now, so many end time signs are around us and everyone need this assistance. Whoever is undergoing any form of destabilization, the oppressed, the aged, the desolate, prisoners, those affected in either man made disasters and/or natural disasters all need one form of assistance or the other and we cannot leave it for the government alone to do all hence the clarion call everywhere. Princess Diana did hers while alive, Mother Theresa also did her own, we are next on the line to show a helping hand to those in need.
I noticed once upon a time that people are always happy when calamities struck because then they become rich over night and so some people prefer these kind of situations so that they can make themselves wealthy. I pray that such should not be our portion but we shall stand to genuinely help those in dare need. But we should also watch out for such people in our midst and identify them on time. No matter how highly placed they may be.
Everyone can donate to those affected and God will continue to hear and heal our lands.
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