The Book of Eli: Finding trust when you feel lost
by Matthew Welsh, Esq.
The Book of Eli is a movie about a man, Eli (Denzel Washington), who feels his inner voice telling him to carry a Sacred book West in a post-apocalyptic and desolate world. Eli does not question this inner calling even though he is being offered nothing in return, except for protection.
Eli‘s willingness to carry out his mission is put to the test throughout his journey numerous times as people try to take his book from him. His inner calling has guided him to navigate and overcome a world filled with danger and uncertainty. Now, he must find the strength to meet this challenge head on.
I was skeptical going into this movie because I thought it was just going to be some science-fiction, action film about an apocalyptic world. However, I am glad I saw The Book of Eli. One message in the movie that really resonated with me is the willingness to trust and fight for my inner calling even when it feels like I am lost.
For example, Eli is driven by his inner voice to carry a sacred book to the West. He does not know exactly why he is being guided to do this nor where he is going, but he still does it, primarily because deep down he knows it is serving some Higher purpose.
Additionally, Eli continues to trust in himself and his calling even though he has not reached his destination after a long and arduous journey. In one scene, a companion he is with (Mila Kunis) asks him how long he has been traveling with the book. Eli tells her that it has been 30 years and she bluntly replies:
“Do you think you might be lost?”
But, Eli continues to trust that he is not lost and that he will be protected if he carries out his calling to bring the book to the West.
This scene really inspired me because there have been times in my life where I felt confused, lost and questioned my inner callings. However, after I wrestled with this confusion, I continued to trust in this mysterious inner source of guidance and act on it.
At first I took the suggestions of my inner voice on faith. But, over time, I have gathered objective evidence to see that It really has been guiding me to a life greater than I could have planned my self.
Reprinted from Matthew Welsh’s Spiritual Media Blog Newsletter. For more information, please visit Spiritual Media Blog.