Today I saw the movie Harriet. I haven’t left a movie feeling this way in a long time. It was absolutely amazing and so inspiring to me. Like many I didn’t know much about her story until recently. My mom is a history teacher so prior to seeing the movie I asked her about some facts that they don’t typically share in school. She was very enthusiastic about sharing what she knew about Harriet Tubman.
Still after watching the movie I learned so much more. I saw the human side to this legendary figure of strength and bravery. I saw her “why” and her “how”. Her why was the love that she had for her family and her disgust for the immoral system called slavery. Her how was her faith in God along with the many Abolitionists and kind hearted people who helped her along the way.
So while this movie did cover a wide range of events and themes I wanted to write about the wisdom Reverend Samuel Green shared with Harriet in the movie. Before her first journey to freedom on her own she visited Rev. Green at the church that night and he basically told her always remember “Fear is my enemy. Trust God.”
Fear Is My Enemy
For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
The spirit of fear is our enemy because it comes from our enemy, which is Satan. Fear can make us doubt and doubt can lead to double- mindedness. I can imagine Rev. Green saying this to Harriet was very important because on her journey to freedom she couldn’t afford to be indecisive. Even when circumstances around her or other people tried to persuade her to give up and change her mind she wouldn’t. Harriet was resolute in her pursuit of freedom for herself, her family, and the masses that were enslaved in America.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.Proverbs 3: 5-6 NKJV
When you have complete trust and faith in God, there is no limit to what He can do in and through you. Harriet trusted God above everything else. She valued the dreams, visions, and directions that He gave her. She prayed to God a lot and asked that he would make her strong and able to fight because fighting against slavery isn’t easy.
Harriet listened to the promptings of God like it was life or death for her and the people with her because it really was. Thanks to Harriet valuing the voice of God and listening to it she never lost a passenger while on the underground railroad. Her story is truly remarkable and God gets the glory through it all.