“I have crossed the horizon to find you
I know your name
They have stolen the heart from inside you, but this does not define you
This is not who you are
You know who you are.”- Know Who You Are, Moana
I don’t know about your thoughts on this very short song, but it has been going through my mind constantly for a couple of weeks. Before I could write about it, after seeing the clip on youtube, I determined I really needed to see the movie it came from. This speaks so clearly to me and immediately I see the parallel in how this part of the movie is such a clear picture of ourselves. I am going to stop here and say if you have not seen the movie, just be warned that I am going to be talking about the end of the movie and it might ruin it for you.
So this song comes when Moana realizes that the monster they have been fighting, it really who she had come to restore in the first place. So background for those that do not know the movie. Moana goes on a mission to restore the heart of Te Fiti that was stolen from her by Maui. To get to Te Fiti, or where they thought she was, they have to get past Te Ka who is a lava monster.
Te Ka is scary as seen above. In their battle, Moana makes it to where Te Fiti was supposed to be and realizes that she is not there, and looks up and sees that Te Ka has the marking of Te Fiti and does something scary, she calls Te Ka to come to her, and sings over her those words above. Something happens, in that moment, Moana speaks to the core of who Te Ka is, and Te Ka allows the heart to be restored. Then Te Ka become Te Fiti.
I know big difference right? So, now that you know the gist of the story, lets take some time on why this is so key. We are like Te Fiti, someone has stolen our heart and we have become scary death filled creatures. Until, until God comes and restores our heart. When God restores our heart we are transformed to who we were created to be. But, one part sticks out, they were on a mission to restore the heart, yet in the Te Ka form, Te Fiti was fighting them, trying to destroy them. How often when God is trying to restore our heart do we fight him? How often do we try and destroy anything that comes near us? Why? Is it because we are afraid or because darkness has filled us without the heart. Notice that Moana, speaks to identity, and worth when she speaks to Te Ka. She says, I have crossed the horizon to find you, meaning she has come far looking for this one individual. God also goes out and looks for the one, the one who is lost, he will leave all the others and come find the lost one. Moana then speaks to the identity, when she says “I know your name.” She knows that Te Ka is really Te Fiti, and she tells her that. She tells Te Ka that she knows that the heart has been stolen, but then says that does not define who she is, and reminds her that she Te Ka knows who she really is. How often does God speak that same truth to us, I know they have hurt you, but that does not define you, that does not determine who you are and speaks back to the core, to our identity and reminds us that we also know who we are. Then we allow God to restore our own hearts and we are transformed into the person God has called us to be. Where are you in this process? Are you still raging like Te Ka or have you allowed God to restore your heart?
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26