Devotional

“You rule the oceans. You subdue their storm-tossed waves..” – Psalm 89:9. 

Throughout her journey, Moana has a special connection to the sea. The sea literally calls to her, the water shifting and waning to provide her safety in her travels. This seems like an obvious sign she is destined to go beyond the lagoon around her home, but she struggles to truly believe she is meant for greater things. As the story progresses, Moana’s trust in the water falters and fades, until she is almost ready to give in to her father’s wishes to stay on her island. However, Grandma Tala reminds her of her destiny in the sea and her faith (and later, her island) is saved.

The ocean can be seen as a metaphor for God since it consciously guides Moana’s destiny in a god-like way. The ocean could have carried Moana exactly where she needed to be but allowed Moana to “suffer” through the process of learning to sail. Once Moana realizes the sea is meant to help her find her way, she becomes accustomed to its assistance. However, there are moments when the waters don’t aid her the second she calls to them, but rather find their way to lend a hand at a greater point. The same is true of our lives.

After several draining battles and hurtful fights, Moana begins to lose hope in everything she once believed. The sea “abandoned” her and in her darkest moments, she tells the sea it chose the wrong person. It accepts her rejection but works its magic to convince her of her calling. We as Christians can experience doubt in our Creator, especially in times of hardship and worry. We must remember that in the darkest of moments, God will reveal Himself in great, unexpected ways.

God will not force you in to your purpose, but He does draw you towards it. It’s not about ability or initial zeal; it’s all about resilience, perseverance, and learning as you go. The sea calls to Moana, just as God calls to us, to do great things, and she must choose whether or not to act on that call. Like the sea protects Moana as she travels, God protects us as we make our way through the twists and turns life has to offer. Even when the storm hits as we sail the seas of life, God is with us to guide the way.

Moana knew she was called by the sea for a reason. The Lord’s specific purpose for your life has a twofold nature: It will further His kingdom on earth, and it will transform you. Not only will you grow closer to Him as you rely on His ability, but discovering your purpose will help you succeed in fulfilling the Lord’s mission for your life.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How can you begin to follow God’s purpose for your life if you don’t know what exactly it is?
  2. Where do you go from here? What’s the next step God wants you to take? When will you take it?