This spring afternoon felt like another dismal fall-like day. And when those types of days come around, if you’re anything like me, you start feeling discouraged.
I like to turn days like this around. How, you ask? Well, it usually means brewing a good pot of steaming coffee, baking some of Grandma Thelma’s gingersnaps, and watching one of the old movie classics that I have stored on the shelves of my heart.
The typical choices for a day like today are as follows:
- Sound of Music
- State Fair
- South Pacific
- Wizard of Oz
Today, was a Dorothy kind of a day, so I popped the DVD in while baking.
As the story played out for the hundredth time in my life, I realized that good old Dorothy had some great lessons that she learned in the story, and you and I can learn some spiritual truths today from everything she went through as she journeyed the yellow brick road.
1. Bad people and their ill intentions propel us to good things.
Although Dorothy seemed to be looking over her shoulder frequently for what the Wicked Witch was going to do next, she was motivated to get to keep traveling the yellow brick road. Very often, mean people will try to lie, cheat, create trouble, or even harm us physically or mentally. It’s in those moments that I can look back in my own life and see that most of those situations provided the impetus to move forward, grow and learn!
2. Having courage and tenacity to go places we’ve never gone before, helps us acquire spiritual growth.
When Glinda tells Dorothy she will need to travel the yellow brick road to access a method home, Dorothy says with a cheerful heart … follow the yellow brick road. With each chant of the song, and all of the Munchkins helping her, she firmly plants her feet on the yellow bricks and begins to travel towards the Emerald City. Casting all fear of the Wicked Witch and the unknown aside, she gleefully travels and meets friends along the way. If she hadn’t set her mind and heart to the task, she would have never accomplished the feat and made it to where she needed to go.
3. You always had the power, if you have Jesus as Savior.
When Dorothy’s friends get their heart’s desire at the end of the show, Dorothy is the only one left who is still patiently waiting to get home to Kansas. Glinda, the Good Witch of the North comes back to tell Dorothy, “You’ve always had the power.” And Dorothy realizes that the whole entire journey was created as a learning experience for her and her friends.
At times, God allows the bad things in our lives, the tough trips, the hard challenges along the yellow brick roads of our lives, to keep us on the path of learning. But ultimately, whatever state we are in, albeit happy, content, depressed, confused, or challenged, if we know Jesus as our personal Savior, we always have the power to overcome, through Jesus, God’s Son.