I perused yesterday’s Sunday Denver Post for a positive article, and found nothing until I saw a picture of ballet dancers who are taking on the roles of Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion in an updated version of The Wizard of Oz.
Nowadays, remakes of movies are quite common. The new cast, new director, and costume designer retell the same story presumably in a different way — perhaps by updating the decade, dialogue, language, and clothing. Nevertheless, the “new edition” should maintain the story line, as best as possible.
However, The Wizard of Oz ballet won’t have dialogue, we won’t hear “Over the Rainbow,” and instead of munchkins, “yellow brick roadies” will take their place. These changes are significant.
God’s gift of transformation requires more than maintaining the story line. Perhaps, the changes we make demand significance. Our story lines have holes in them — some caverns, some the size of a teacup. Rebellion, resistance to the Word, fondness for worldly passions, and lack of forgiveness, among other shortcomings plague all of us.
My thoughts on remaking my life to be more pleasing in God’s sight are many. Self-awareness, spending time in the Bible every day, and loving all people including those different from me, are but a few examples of how I commit myself to letting God have his way with me. Many times, I’m not as successful as I would like. Then I think about the fact that my sanctification isn’t a one day, one week, or ten year endeavor — it’s a life-long adventure. It also helps me when I think of Jeremiah 29:11:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
What are your thoughts about the holes in your story line?