It’s the start of Geekmas 2022! This year we celebrating by dedicating all month to our favorite Mecha shows and movies. We are kicking off by taking a look at one of Dallas’ favorite Mecha series…. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! In 1993 The Power Rangers faced their greatest battle… a fight against their friend, Tommy Oliver… the Green Ranger. But were they really fighting Tommy? Or was their something deeper?
In October 1993, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers faced their greatest challenge. They weren’t fighting Putty soldiers. It wasn’t another overgrown clay monster. No, this time, they faced a friend. Tommy Oliver (played by Jason David Frank) was a young man who clicked with the team almost instantly. Sadly he was kidnapped by Rita Repulsa and turned into her dark soldier, The Green Ranger. This was a tremendous struggle for the Rangers. How could they defeat someone so close to them? The turning point for them, however, was when they realized that Tommy wasn’t really the thing they needed to fight. Instead, it was the spell that Rita had put him under.
In life, we will find ourselves in various conflicts. These conflicts can be highly frustrating, especially when dealing with loved ones. However, a pivotal point in dealing with these conflicts is to step back and look deeper at the situation. Let’s look at the words of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:12.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”Ephesians 6:12
Paul reminds us that when dealing with conflict, we must see beyond the person to the spiritual issue at hand. Especially when dealing with loved ones lashing out due to addiction and other issues, taking the time to see the conflict with the issue rather than them helps us keep a heart open to see redemption and healing. Like Rita’s spell on Tommy, these deeper issues often affect people in ways they don’t understand. Keeping this in mind made it easier for the rangers to not only defeat the spell but to help restore Tommy. When we consider that it is the issue we are conflicting with, we can better make plans to help restore those around us.
Our challenge for you is that while dealing with conflict, take a moment to step back and ask yourself, “What’s behind this? What’s causing this lashing out?” And for those who are finding themselves more on edge and lashing out. Examine yourself. What are you allowing to affect you? What steps can you take to move past these issues?