Goku and Finding Strength in Grief

Throughout the years, we have seen Goku go through various transformations as his power level is heightened. Currently, the highest change he has achieved is Ultra Instinct. Though we could spend a great deal of time analyzing his character as he advances through each form, I want to highlight one specifically—Super Saiyan. This form, in particular, is what pushed him over the edge and has a valuable lesson to teach us.

For us to take a look back at this moment, we have to go back to the Frieza Saga. Goku had just recovered after his fight against the Ginyu force. He reaches where the battle between Frieza and his allies are taking place. Freiza kills Vegeta, who tells Goku about how Frieza destroyed their entire planet and race with his last breath.

Goku then faces off against Frieza with that knowledge. However, in the heat of battle, Frieza fires an energy blast at Krillin and kills him. Goku becomes a Super Saiyan at that moment, strengthened and enraged at the loss of his friend. Now, we fast forward to the Cell saga in which he teaches Gohan how to do the same.

During the Cell Saga, our heroes have some time to train and get stronger. Goku uses that time to teach his son Gohan how to become a Super Saiyan. He tells Gohan to “use the pain of loss.” Gohan then proceeds to reflect on his moments of weakness, and when he lost his loved ones. For a short time, he becomes a Super Saiyan and eventually learns how to focus his energy and hold onto it. That same advice later leads him to defeat Cell and save the earth.

As Christians, we can use the pain of loss to strengthen us as well. The power source we tap into is The Bible and the teachings of Christ. There is plenty of scripture that provides comfort for mourning the loss of those who were close to us, but also many that should strengthen and encourage us beyond the tears.

Here are some of those scriptures:

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” 

Grief has the potential to be our greatest foe. Four months after I became a believer and became sober from drugs and alcohol, I lost my Dad and stepmom to suicide in 2012. Overcoming my addictions seemed so easy, but such a loss felt like a punch to the gut. I went through my grieving process, but not before I planned a memorial service and delivered a eulogy. Any strength I had left came from God.  I lived out Psalm 23:4, and with that verse in mind, we can conquer any Cell or Frieza we face in life.

Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

We know death has lost its sting and rejoice that our loved ones are in heaven, but it still hurts to lose them. We still have our own time on this planet we must live out. The best way we can do this is to become what the Christian version of a Super Saiyan is—Christ-like. We can use those scriptures and many others to keep us motivated and moving towards that goal. Goku and Gohan could have easily been consumed by anger and sadness, but they focused their energy and became strengthened by their loss and their failures.

If you are currently struggling with the loss of a loved one, we hope you find encouragement in these words and scripture. There are other great resources you should look into during your battle with grief.

GriefShare is a great resource that helped me through my battle. It is a weekly support group program that includes a video series and workbook. You can check out their website for more info and even find a class near you.


L.J. Lowery

Born in southern California, but currently residing in Lafayette, Louisiana. Loves Hip Hop music, comics, and video games. Events/Media Coordinator, Podcast Producer, and Public Relations.

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