While I was cleaning our cabinet at home, I saw several stocks of VCD (video compact disc), including the Stars Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
I’ve watched it a few times in the past when we bought the VCD about a decade ago. But being one of my all-time favorite movies, I urged my wife to watch it again Monday night after putting the kids to sleep.
Filmmaker George Lucas’ classic sci-fi movie reminded me of Darth Vader, a key character in Episodes 4 to 6.
Growing up, I tried to imitate the low, but booming voice of the character in the movie even though as an eight-year-old boy back then, I spoke in quite a high pitch.
The voice behind Darth Vader was that of James Earl Jones, one of America’s award-winning veteran actors.
During the late 1990s, James Earl Jones was also the voice behind Mufasa in the Lion King II, Simba’s Pride.
However, his powerful voice didn’t come in handy, having stuttered as a boy. His classmates laughed at him, leaving him traumatized for years as he grew up.
But his English teacher saw the potential in young James. So instead of letting him sit quietly on the wayside, his teacher pushed James beyond his limits by letting him speak in class every day.
I can imagine the fear and the feeling of humiliation the first time he stood in class. Yet, all that changed as he started doing that with regularity.
Eventually, he took acting lessons, pushing through the walls of challenges until he eventually became a stage actor, movie actor and got numerous voice actings throughout his career.
Most of us could probably relate with James Earl Jones. More likely, people have laughed at our mistakes or our weaknesses. Sometimes, the people dearest to us can hurt us with their words or actions.
But I realized that even in our point of difficulty or struggle, we have Someone to whom we can turn to.
I read a passage in Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV), where Jesus invited the hurting, the wounded and those who are burdened by the struggles of life.
Here’s what He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Are you hurting? He won’t turn His back on you.
Are you tired or weary and needed a shoulder to cry on? Well, Jesus promised that He’ll be gentle on you when you come to Him.
Why not surrender your burdens to Him? Promise, He won’t reject you. Instead, He said, you’ll find the rest you need.