The world is relying on the power of faith to maneuver through these difficult times. Now more than ever, especially with the uncertainty and upheaval in today’s society due to the coronavirus outbreak. The ups and downs of life’s daily challenges and stressors can frequently lead to our faith being tested in several ways. But the role of faith in both spiritual and emotional growth along with our overall well-being is essential.
In Behind Her Faith, an in-depth and emotionally charged docuseries created by director Paula Bryant-Ellis, she sits down with four accomplished women from varied walks of life. When They See Us star Niecy Nash, Underground‘s Aisha Hinds, Ambitions leading actress Essence Atkins, and the Shade Room founder Angelica Nwandu. By offering their personal accounts when trials tested their faith but proved to be for the greater good of what was to come, all of the women’s testimonies reflected the impact of blazing a path by turning trials into triumphs.
“There is not a more poignant time than now to explore the dynamics of what serves as the foundation of one’s faith. Faith generally does its finest work in times of crisis and is the single most important weapon used to invoke calm amidst the chaos,” said Hinds. She further explained to BlackLove.com that, “We are experiencing an unprecedented time, unlike anything our generation has ever witnessed. Yes, it’s disruptive. But we have the option to choose the lens by which we perceive it all that which is lost. Or that which is being gained in this time.”
But for those on the opposing end currently struggling with their faith or aren’t connected to their spiritual source, Bryant-Ellis offers a piece of advice. “That’s perfectly okay. I believe our level of faith is a direct correlation to the challenges we’re facing. When we feel we’re struggling, it’s a sign that we need to spend more time in the presence of God so he can strengthen us and help us push through this journey.”
The recent launch of the docuseries, which is currently airing on AMC Networks streaming service Urban Movie Channel (UMC), features four episodes. With each installment peeling back the layers of grief, heartbreak, tragedy, and fear, the ladies offer familiar tales that many of us often relate to on a myriad of levels. The show also highlights the importance of having a mustard seed of faith as the common denominator. And subsequently, how it has contributed to all of the featured guests’ success both personally and professionally.
For instance, Essence Atkins spoke about motherhood, self-reflection, and the learning lessons behind her painful divorce. Her evolution of transitioning pain into purpose echoes her belief system, which is the foundation that propels her to move forward effortlessly and unapologetically.