Star Trek Epiphanies

I just saw the new Star Trek movie! (And loved it.)

I cried at the part near the end where.. well, if you’re planning to watch the movie I don’t want to spoil anything for you so.. SPOILER ALERT––watch the movie before reading this post!

Anyway, I cried at the part where Captain Kirk is dying and Spock chooses to feel those terribly uncomfortable feelings associated with death he swore he’d never feel again. Instead of closing himself off from his emotions, he lets himself feel the pain with Kirk. Because he loves him.

I like how logical Spock is (perhaps because I’m so emotional).

In crisis, he doesn’t get flustered or confused. He makes sound decisions based on clear thinking. In the beginning of the movie, he is fully willing to sacrifice himself for the good of everyone else, because he knows logically that that is best.

But while no one wants to be controlled by emotion, it does have its place.

As Kirk lays dying, he says, “I want you to understand why I went back for you.”

In that moment, Kirk didn’t need Spock to acknowledge the sacrifice he was making. He didn’t want to win an argument or prove a point. He simply needed Spock to understand how he felt.

When someone is going through a hard time, sometimes the most powerful thing you can do is feel what they are feeling with them. It might not solve anything. It might not change anything. But that is love. And love changes everything.

Sometimes I get all self-focused and start complaining about my life and all the people I have to meet and all the things I have to do. I start seeing everything as a burden, and, inevitably, I feel weighed down. But when I realize that I was created to love, that I am being most myself when I love, that my love is powerful, that my love changes people, I feel light and free.

I realize that my life is full of opportunities to love. Every day, I get to love. And there is nothing better than that.



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Elizabeth holds to simple faith in a complex world. She values the beauty of the everyday and strives for vulnerability with other imperfect humans. She is currently pursuing her MDiv at Fuller Theological Seminary, so when she isn't busy writing academic papers, she is usually out enjoying the LA sunshine. She is constantly learning, laughing, and finding herself in awe of grace.

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