Everybody has their own opinion of George Lucas’s Prequel movies (Episodes I, II, III) to the original Star Wars films. And some of those comments are all the same, from CGI usage to our poor friend Jar Jar Binks. There are a few things that we as Star Wars fans can take from those movies and one of them is being able to see a Jedi in their prime and full capacity. What we were used to from the original films was two old Jedi Knights who were barely able to wield their sabers to a young kid learning the ways of the force and swinging his saber like he’s trying to swat a fly. You cannot compare the battle between Old Ben Kenobi and Darth Vader to the battle on Naboo with Young Kenobi and his Master Qui-Gon Jinn versus the evil Darth Maul.
The battle between two Jedi against a Sith Lord is without a doubt a top highlight of the prequel series. Once Darth Maul twirls in mid air and Force-Throws a battle droid’s head into the doors controls panel, you know he means business. But there is a single part of the battle that I used to think as “dead air” was when Kenobi and Jinn get separated between the power walls and Maul waiting on the other side. It was a complete waste of time and could’ve been used for more well choreographed lightsaber battle. But as I watch this scene again and again, I start to appreciate what Master Qui-Gon does during this time in the battle. If you remember, he kneels, closes his eyes and meditates.
“How can you just sit there and be calm during the biggest battle of your life!” That’s a normal reaction when watching this scene. But lets expand this a little more because we can learn from Master Jinn. We all know Psalm 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God”, but sometimes we find ourselves being Young Obi-Wan Kenobi in this scene. As he watches Master Jinn sitting down and Maul pacing back and forth, Young Kenobi is not exactly “still” as you can see the emotions in his face and trying to anticipate what is going to happen next in the battle.
But in some of our own battles in life, it is easier to the be like Kenobi than it is Master Jinn. But as Christians, we know there is something bigger than us and the battles we face. Jesus tells us in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world”. Jesus has already told us there will be “Darth Mauls” in life, but know that HE has already won. Keep Calm and Pray, because there isn’t anything you can’t do with an ally like Jesus Christ.
Thanks Qui Gon for the unintentional life lesson.
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