I finally went on my first date alone with my husband since our baby girl was born. And, of course, we went to go see Star Trek. As I watched the movie, I found myself drawn to Spock and his struggle with his two identifies. His father is vulcan and his mother is human. The species are similar in many ways, but quite different in others.
Spock’s two worlds clashed until finally he found his peace with being a hybrid. In a subtle way, it seemed as though he learned to embrace his unique design. I couldn’t understand why I was so drawn to his character until I realized that I am like him–all humanity is like Spock.
God created humanity inside the material world that He fashioned for us, but the difference between us and all the animals, birds and fish is that He breathed into us a spirit from an alien world. In that instant, we became a hybrid, a mixed breed. We are material (body), but we are also immaterial (spirit).
Whether we realize or not, we are in constant struggle between our body and spirit. Our body knows only this earth, but our spirit is drawn to the eternal world. Why is it that we desire to live forever when we know that our lives will end in about 75 years? Why is it that in the dark of night we feel lost or lonely or hopeless? When all the material things around us no longer distract us, why do we feel without purpose?
That is our struggle as humanity. We need to find our footing as the most interesting and unique creation ever designed. We are a mixed breed, and God loves us for it. He understands our dilemma and knows our struggle. Why? Because He came from the heavenlies and put Himself into a body of a man. Because, like Spock, He had an earthly mother that he loved and an alien father that he desired to emulate. Jesus is the main character of the movie called life, and He found a way to live the perfect hybrid existence.
I daily struggle with my two identities, and I feel the war of two worlds inside me constantly. But because of how Jesus lived His life on this earth and the fact that He died to give me victory over both worlds, I know that I have a map and compass. And I know that wherever the unknown leads me, I can boldly go and trust that Jesus is my way and that is all I need.
“The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7 NIV).