"Hakuna Matata, It means no worries for the rest of your days
It’s our problem free philosophy, Hakuna Matata.”
-The Lion King
In Luke 12:22-23, Jesus says “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.” There are so many things that I can and do worry about, which I feel have been drawing me away from God. I put value on myself based on what other people said and thought about me, not what God thought about me, and I feel that’s why I worry about so many different things.
I am going to be going on a mission trip this summer in Hawaii for a week, and I said things that unintentionally hurt the people on my team, so people started talking behind my back, hurting me in the process because I was misjudged and misunderstood. I felt betrayed, angry, confused, until this past Friday when I attended a praise night at EFCi. God spoke to me there, calling me to come before him and lay everything I had before him. All my pain, grief, sorrow, anger, unforgiveness that I had been storing up for years, I had given to God.
The speaker on Friday said that sometimes God gives you a prison so that you can learn how to dance when you’re in prison, learn how to sing songs of worship, and learn how to be thankful to God, and that when you’re dancing like no other and singing at the top of your lungs, that’s when those prison walls break down. My prison was my anger, not only with those on my mission team, but with other people at my church, people at school, and finally, myself.
I told myself I could and would be better, fix my relationships, have a better attitude, but I didn’t do any of those things. I told myself I would be joyful and content, but I wasn’t joyful or content. I told myself I wanted to do all these things so I could glorify God, but I wasn’t able to. I realized it was because I was relying on myself. In this journey to change myself, I had left out the most important piece, God. God, through the Holy Spirit is the one who changes the heart. I wasn’t satisfied with myself because I didn’t include God.
Tying this all back to Hakuna Matata, I realized that Hakuna Matata is all about dancing in that prison. It’s not saying there will be no struggles or challenges, but saying that despite these struggles and challenges I’m going to continue to praise God for what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do. It’s about giving up all you have to Jesus, not compromising because when you give yourself to the Lord, it’s all or nothing. That’s when God gave me peace in my heart, when I realized that I was compromising my relationship with the Lord and needed to give up everything I have, including myself, to Him.
Jesus will provide, Jesus will deliver, Jesus will heal. Even when my friends and teammates are talking behind my back, it’s about forgiving them and praising God that they are your friends and teammates. Jesus says do not worry because He is there. The faith and trust that we have in Jesus should be enough to not worry.
I know personally, I pray and ask God, “God, why can’t you make things easier? I thought if I followed you everything would be good and comfortable and nice.” I look back and flip through the pages of the story that God has written of my life and I realize that when God does something amazing in my life, in my heart, it’s when everything breaks.
We rely on ourselves so much and sometimes we forget that God is there to take our burdens, to listen to our worries and doubts. Sometimes, we try to be our own saviors, by relying on ourselves, instead of on Him. It’s when everything breaks that we realize how much we need Jesus as our savior.
The Gospel is about Jesus coming down and being our savior, it’s about people who are broken, people whose lives have fallen apart, who need Jesus. That’s us. We are those people. I’m with you, I want to do all in my power and ability to fix my problems by myself. Coming before God and relying on Him may be difficult because of our pride, our denial that we’re broken and need Jesus.
It’s when you let those walls down, humble yourselves, and let Jesus Christ come into your life, that you find peace and reassurance in the Lord. When everything breaks, Jesus is the only truth that we know. When we are lost, He is the one that leads us home.
In Isaiah 41:10, it says “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you. Surely, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
God says it’s not your circumstances that need to be changed, but you.Mike Donehey