Born of Your Desperation
This lesson come from: “The Terror of the Noh Mask”
Other lessons from this episode: “Being Someone’s Hero,” “How the Spiritual Realm Affects our World,” “You are the Only one who can Save her,” “Finding Your Damascus part 2”
Scene Summary: An evil monster is after Kagome and the Jewel shards in the modern world. Kagome sends Sota to go through the well and get Inuyasha to come to this world and slay the monster. Sota tries to jump through the well like Kagome always does, but he hits the bottom of the well instead of going through. Sota doesn’t know what happened or how to get through the well. He desperately starts digging, crying, saying that he has to cross over because his sis needs help and he is the only one who can help her. Suddenly Inuyasha appears in the well. Sota looks at him and knows this must be Inuyasha who he was sent to get even though he had never seen him before. Inuyasha carries Sota and goes to Kagome, following the scent of her blood. Inuyahsa kills the Noh mask, and everything is good again.
I watch this episode over and over trying to figure out how Inuyasha appeared in the well. It was like he just materialized there. He says he could smell Kagome’s blood from back in the well, so at first, I thought he could smell it back on his side of the well. I don’t think that would have been possible though. No, I do not think there were any magical properties in Sota’s tears like there are in almost every movie. No, I believe it was Sota’s sheer desperation that caused Inuyasha to manifest.
You know the expressions “If there’s a will, there’s a way,” and “You can do anything you put your mind to.” As true as those may be, this desperation is something more than just determination. My youth pastor once said that nothing could stop a desperate person with a desperate prayer. The Bible says the fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. That’s the key—fervent.
Sota wasn’t just nonchalantly passing by the well. He wasn’t just half-heartedly picking at the dirt at the bottom of the well. He didn’t think that if he just happened to run into Inuyasha that then he would ask for his help. No, he was being intentional. He went to the place where he knew he would have the best chance of getting Inuyasha. He went to his own little “Damascus.” And he was desperately digging in the dirt. He was about as fervent as you can get. And it payed off.
My last point about why Sota was able to summon Inuyasha is that he was being obedient. Kagome told him to go to the well and get Inuyasha. Sota had no idea how to do this, but he did not question or protest. He went anyway and tried his hardest. He did what he had to. This is what God requires of us. He wants our obedience. Even when we don’t understand. Even when we have never done it before. Even when we think there is no way we could possibly do it, He honors our obedience.
God always makes a way out for us. He parts the water for us. And when we are desperate, we turn to Him in ways that we wouldn’t under normal circumstances. Our desperation gives a fire and a power more so than anything else. When we are desperate things start to change. That is when God steps in, when we are ready for Him. (No, I am not saying Inuyasha is God.) I am saying that when we are desperate, God opens the flood gates of heaven. I am saying that when we are desperate, God will do for us what would otherwise be impossible. When we are desperate we will surrender fully. We will believe for a miracle. It is that faith that God responds to. Look at anyone who has ever been desperate, and you will see what can be born of your desperation.
"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16b KJV
~you’ve got me desperate~ Desperate by Fireflight