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Supernatural Aid

"Peter replied, “Lord, if it is really you, tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come on!” Jesus said. Peter then got out of the boat and started walking on the water toward him." - Matthew 14:28-29 CEV

The third stage of the Hero's Journey is supernatural aid or intervention.  At this point, the hero has been called to an adventure, but they have refused the call.  Supernatural aid shows up to encourage the hero to participate in the adventure.  

Joseph was betrothed to a young woman who had told him something that crushed him.  She had called him to an adventure that he was not yet ready for.  She had told him that she was pregnant.  The baby was not his, it couldn't be, they had not been together yet.  He loved her, but he couldn't do this.  If he let anyone know that she had been unfaithful, the village would form a mob and stone her, he couldn't have that on his conscience.  He steeled himself as he prepared to quietly leave her.  That night as he slept he dreamt of an angel of God.  The angel told him that Mary had not been unfaithful and that he should not be afraid to raise the boy because he would grow up to be the promised savior, he would rescue their people.  This encounter encouraged Joseph to take the first few steps on a journey that led to the world knowing the name of Joseph, father of Jesus Christ.  

In Starwars, Luke encountered Obi-Wan.  In the Hobbit, Frodo and Bilbo both encountered Gandalf. Harry Potter was pulled into his adventure by Hagrid.  You will find the mentor figure early in every journey.  Who has God placed in your life, that encouraged you to take a step towards something magical?  Who have you encouraged to take a step towards their dream?

God, give us the courage to face those scary first steps on the adventures that you are calling us to.  Help us to give words of encouragement to those around us that are too afraid to take the first steps themselves.  Amen.   


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