Life isn’t always clear. Walking uncertain paths is a common metaphor to describe the hardships of life, and many times we find ourselves on these uncertain paths, unhappy and unsure. If we allow them to, the feelings of emptiness can tear us from the inside out and leave us hollow inside.
A Hollow is a creature in a Japanese cartoon show called BLEACH. In this show, a group of spirits called shinigami, or Soul Reapers, assist in the flow of spirits departing this life and entering the next. Sometimes a spirit is lost and unhappy. They refuse to cooperate and instead remain in their misery until it consumes them. When this happens, they turn into a monster called a Hollow. When a Hollow appears, the Soul Reapers are called in to destroy it and free the spirit so it can continue on.
There are monsters in our own lives. Sin and Hell are monsters. When we sin and refuse to repent, we can be a monster to ourselves, harrowed up in misery and guilt. In our anger we may forget or not know where to turn or who to turn to.
In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Nephi’s brother, Jacob, talks about a monster that awaits us and the One who can save us from it,
O the greatness of the mercy of our God, the Holy One of Israel! For he delivereth his saints from that awful monster the devil, and death, and hell, and that lake of fire and brimstone, which is endless torment.
And he cometh into the world that he may save all men if they will hearken unto his voice; for behold, he suffereth the pains of all men, yea, the pains of every living creature, both men, women, and children, who belong to the family of Adam. (2 Nephi 9:19, 21)
Just as the Soul Reapers save the Hollows from their misery, our Savior Jesus Christ can deliver us from the chains of Hell. Through His atonement, He suffered the pains of us all. He took the pain of our sins so that we may repent and not take the pain ourselves. Jesus Christ is One who can save us from the awful monster of death and Hell. If you feel yourself becoming a Hollow, angry, confused, or depressed, turn to Jesus Christ. We all must repent and turn to Him and use His atoning sacrifice. Only through Him can we be saved from sin and Hell.