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God Healing Past Hurt
What ‘Moon Knight’ Teaches About Reconnecting With Yourself
By Megan Luebberman
Disney Plus’s hit Marvel series “Moon Knight,” remained the most globally demanded show for several weeks after it premiered according to Business Insider. Fans have been creating a plethora of fan art, video compilations and Oscar Isaac (the actor of Moon Knight) appreciation posts to testify their love of the show. It features a new Egyptian anti-hero of sorts, Moon Knight, who is empowered by the god of the moon, Khonshu. Ultimately, he must stop the raising of another Egyptian goddess, Ammit, who prematurely judges the world and kills those she deems evil.
While his heroic plights seem grandiose and noble, Moon Knight is just an ordinary person during the day. Watchers soon realize, Moon Knight is, in fact, two individuals. Firstly, Steven Grant– a meek, British gift shop worker who loves Egypt mythology. Secondly, Marc Spector– a brusque mercenary with a dark past and an even darker demeanor. Continually, these two vie for control over their one body. Steven wants to stay oblivious to the Egyptian strife and his heroic abilities, while Marc tries his best to maintain his heroic duties and save lives, including his own.
Over the course of the show, each must learn to live with the other in a way that they thought was impossible. This idea becomes apparent in episode 5, when Taweret, another Egyptian goddess, attempts to weigh their heart but cannot seem to get the scales to balance. They learn that keeping secrets from one another and stashing the past away only causes there to be more chaos and uncertainty within them.
This is true to life itself, and the life of a Christian in particular. Past pain and trauma that we try to hide hinders us from accomplishing what we need to. Stuffing feelings down breeds resentment, bitterness and depression underneath the surface. Undealt with pain steals our joy and ability to live our lives as a whole. It may be a temporary fix, to stash pain, but it only ends up causing more trouble in the long run. Additionally, we cannot help others to deal with their pain and heal if we have not dealt with our own pain first.
Steven and Marc were dealing with the awful truth of their younger brother’s death and their mother’s brutal abuse. Once Marc finally admitted the past to Steven, they were able to move forward together instead of fighting.
Similarly, we fight ourselves by hiding our pain. Our hearts yearn to be free of pain, to let go of the past and start the process of healing. God offers us that release and source of healing. He provides us with a way to let go of our pain, by simply offering it to Him.
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for us.”
– 1 Peter 5:7
While we shouldn’t hide our pain from ourselves (or alter-egos in Marc’s case), we shouldn’t hide it from God either, our Healer and Savior.
“Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you.”
– Psalm 55:22
Ironically, it’s a painful process to acknowledge, reveal and then let go of pain. It took everything in Marc to share his trauma with Steven, but it drew them closer and created a whole person out of two. It took ultimate vulnerability, trust, and openness of the heart to each other for them to succeed.
God “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3). You just have to be willing and open to the process of being healed. In the end, you will feel more complete as a person and joyful in spirit, for letting your pain go.