Where does the road lead?
People believe they are on this golden path to finding themselves and their calling or destiny and sometimes it can lead there or it could lead to a dead end. I don’t believe that you need to go through something terrible in order to learn something. It’s just a harder and longer way to learn.
In the Wizard of Oz, we see a lot of life lessons that I believe can be applied. At the end of this story, the characters discover what is inside themselves all along and learn important lessons along the journey on the yellow brick road. While some of that may be true, there is so much more to life then hardships and personal lessons. Their hardships and lack of, lead them on a journey of finding the one (Oz) who can give them what they need.
What they don’t realize is who they are and whose they are. At the end of the road, they discover Oz is a phony. He isn’t entirely who he pretends to be and what they needed was inside of them the entire time. Oz gives them perspective and understanding of who they are and what they already have. I find myself comparing Oz to God but realize in my personal relationship with God- he is so much greater, kinder, personable and giving.
Start Walking On The Yellow Brick Road
When we stop moving, then we stop growing and we don’t exercise faith. Life can be messy and we can believe that we are alone or that God isn’t there. Being scared will not help you find what you are in need of so keep walking. As you walk, pay attention to what’s around you, ask good questions, and be willing to meet with God. In time, God will show up and will show us answers when we are ready and willing to receive. He can’t give us direction and answers if our heart is hard. Pay attention to the condition of your heart and let other close friends hold you accountable to be better and do better.
It took the Israelites 40 years to get to the promised land, when it should have only taken 11 days. Because the Israelites sought after things of the world, instead of Creator God, they had to learn some hard lessons. God loves you so much that he will bring the hardest challenges your way, just to show you who you are and whose you are. He will reveal your heart and will transform your heart, given you let him.
The Real Yellow Brick Road
God doesn’t just tell us what we need to do, although sometimes he calls us to do things for our own good. He is with us on the golden road. In Psalm 34:18 it says “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Whether you lack courage, a brain, heart or need to find your home like the characters in the story, God is with you all the way through on the golden road. The Holy Spirit is your golden road. John 16:7 describes the Holy Spirit as “the helper.” When you receive Jesus into your life, you receive the Holy Spirit which empowers you to live a transforming life.The real yellow brick road isn't just one that gives us direction but it points us to a God that heals, saves and goes beyond directing us. Click To Tweet
The real yellow brick leads us to a God that is proactive in our everyday life. God isn’t just a one stop destination, he is an everyday director and friend in our lives (if we let him be).
The characters in this story waste time on a road that they don’t know, with no real understanding to the outcome. All that they know is that it leads to someone who may have answers for them. How scary is it to think about keeping an open mind to something or someone who can deceive you? The world is full of deception and the thing about deception is that it’s deceiving. You have no clue the effects it can have on you. This is why we need to have solid truth so that it frees us to live our best life.
On the road, for some people- it is not obvious who the ugly, bad witch is. I’m sure some of you can relate to this. Maybe you have been betrayed, hurt, wounded and blindsided by what looked like a Glinda witch. Someone sweet, charming, promising you the world- only later you discovered the devil. Oddly enough Glinda, the good witch who is beautiful tells Dorothy “only bad witches are ugly.” If we were to sit down and list people that looked great but did bad things, we’d have a long list. Not everything that looks good, is good. Adam and Eve knew this after they sinned.
The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 11:14 that Satan is “one who masquerades as an angel of light.” In 1 Peter 5:8 he’s described as a “roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” On top of that he is “the great deceiver” (Revelation 20:10). In John 8:44 he is described as “the father of lies.” It’s no wonder there are so many opinions, roads to confusion and pain in our world.
We live in a fallen, broken world but with God we have what’s important. We have salvation, freedom, and hope. When we invite God into our lives, he leads us to the truth, therefore we don’t need to wonder which direction is the best or just hope for the best in life. Allow God to play this important role in your life. What will you lose and what will you gain as a result?
Be blessed & bless others,