I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
In the entertaining Disney movie, Moana, a young girl voyages to save her people from famine and the darkness threatening to destroy her island. Her quest is to find the demigod, Maui, who has stolen the heart of the goddess Te Fiti and convince him to return it to her, thus restoring life.
Based on ancient Polynesian mythology, the story includes adventure, drama, and infectious musicals. Moana and Maui eventually reach Te Fiti, an angry, volcanic dragon-like immortal.
Te Fiti symbolizes the state of many who have been hurt or had something personal stolen from them. She embodies the pain that can gradually consume even the most well-intentioned individual. Te Fiti misunderstands why Moana and Maui have come and wants nothing to do with the visitors. Wounded hearts are often unwilling to let others get close, fearful of further injury.
Moana and Maui’s first approach of Te Fiti ends in chaotic miscommunication and Maui bails. Moana is left to decide if she will pursue Te Fiti on her own or give up and go home.
Alone on her raft at sea, Moana feels like a failure. She believes she is unequipped to perform the task at hand. She wants to throw in the towel.
But after a visit from her grandmother’s ghost, she remembers who she is, where she comes from, and the mission she is driven to accomplish.
Moana skillfully navigates her raft and boldly confronts Te Fiti face to face. She is confident in her ability to remind the goddess who she is as well. She sings,
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
Her sweet words soften the goddess enough for Moana to return the heart to it’s rightful home. Te Fiti transforms from a smoldering lava monster into a lush, green, and flourishing island. Moana reminded Te Fiti who she was before her heart was stolen, allowing her to heal from a painful past. She may now rest peacefully, grateful to the courageous young lady who saved her.
For those who can identify with Te Fiti, there is a Savior for you, too. His name is Jesus. He searches for you. He knows your name. He knows who you are. Have you let Him get close enough to heal your hurting heart?
Who we are is not defined by what we’ve done nor by what has happened to us. We are defined by who God says we are. So when you feel rejected, remember He says you are loved…
I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. (Jeremiah 31:3)
When you feel lonely, remember He says you are known…
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. (Jeremiah 1:5)
When you feel unworthy, remember He says you are His delight…
He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)
When you feel worthless, remember He says you are priceless…
You are priceless to me. I love you and honor you. (Isaiah 43:4 (NIRV))
Let Isaiah 43:1 be a reminder of your identity as a child of our Heavenly Father. He has summoned you by name, you are His. No amount of harmful experiences, insecurities, or failures will diminish His affections for you.