“I Have Dreamed A Dream”

Leap of Faith

Most people who know me know that the Matrix is one of my favorite movies of all time. Has been that way since the first time I saw it when I was like 13. While I really didnt know exactly what it meant back then, something about it stuck with me. Today I understand the movie in a fuller sense, but every time I watch it I feel like I learn something new.

While there are lessons to learn from each of the movies in the trilogy, I want to focus on one scene from the second movie, The Matrix Reloaded. By the end of the movie we find out that the prophecy that has driven Morpheus’ entire life was a lie. It turns out that The One, Neo, was never meant to end the war. He was simply another system of control that the machines used to keep everybody in line. This is of course a crushing realization to have.

Right after finding this out, his hovercraft, the Nebuchadnezzar, is destroyed by a bomb. Him and his crew escape unscathed but coupled with the fact that he just found out the thing he has dedicated his entire life to is a lie, Im sure he felt like dying wouldnt have been the worst thing in the world at that moment.  While watching his ship burn he uttered the phrase that inspired this post: “I have dreamed a dream, but now that dream is gone from me”.

While researching the quote I came across a blog that talked about faith. Morpheus, who had been a pillar of strength and has showed considerable faith throughout the series is faced with his darkest hour. The author compared the Matrix story to the story of Abraham in the Bible. When God called Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac on the alter.

Abraham was really old and wanted a son. He had been praying for one for a while, but his wife Sarah could not bare children. After many years God finally gave them a son, they named him Isaac. When Isaac was 12 or so, God decided to test Abraham’s faith and asked Abraham to sacrifice his son to him. Abraham eventually conceded and was about to sacrifice his son when God stopped him and told him that it was only a test.

The point the author of the blog post tried to make was that in any walk of faith you have two defining moments. The moment when your faith is tested way beyond the point that seems reasonable to any outsider and the moment when you make a leap of faith despite all signs telling you that your belief is wrong.

Morpheus had heard the impossible. Neo, the one himself, told him that the prophecy that fortetold his coming was all a lie. This flew in the face of everything that he had been led to believe up until that point. Then right after that, his ship is destroyed. At his lowest point, Morpheus had a choice to make. He could accept what all the evidence available to him was telling him, or he could make a leap of faith and continue on with what he knew to be right in his soul.  Despite all that happened at the end of the second movie, Morpheus kept his faith going into the third one and was ultimately rewarded when Neo ended the war.

I guess the point Im trying to make is that if your walking any walk of faith, one day your faith will be tested. Seemingly insurmountably. Everything will be stacked against you and what you believe. At that point you have a choice to make. You can either wilt under the pressure, or you can take a leap of faith and believe in the impossible. What is faith, after all, that is never tested. Hopefully we all can keep this in mind when the time comes for us to make the leap.


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