Still toward the beginning of A New Hope, the moment of truth is unfolding for Luke. After the droids and Luke are rescued by Obi-Wan, they find the Jawas transport ruined and the inhabitants slaughtered. Luke realizes his aunt and uncle are in danger. He races home and in desperation calls out for them. He finds the smoking remains not only of their dwellings but also of his beloved foster parents.
Luke is overwhelmed. His dreams of traipsing off to the Academy now seem childlike and foolish compared to the harsh realities of what he sees and feels. A new resolve builds.
The joyful moments in life tend to keep you flowing in the comfort of a strong but steady current. The turning points in life however are often quite the opposite – violent, thrashing pain points that we would never choose. As much as Luke wanted to leave his home and begin his adulthood, he would never have desired these roots to burn. He may want to have known his father, but he respected and loved the aunt and uncle that encouragingly raised him.
For Luke, there is no turning back. There is no comfort for which to return. He could have tried to rebuild that security right there on that planet. He could have stayed there and replanted the crops, wishing to make things right for his lost foster parents. He could have lingered and lamented, nailed to that spot.
Instead, he chose the calling Obi-Wan has laid out. He has wanted adventure and now it is his time.
What loss have you had to take? Did you sit down and cover yourself in pain or did you take up the new calling? Maybe you won’t turn around and save the universe and maybe you might need some time to absorb the meaning in the pain, but don’t stay there. Take up your mat and walk. Use The Force to follow your destiny.