The Wizard of Oz has been a longtime favorite movie of mine, but for as much as I think ruby heels are a nice upgrade from the originally written silver, one of the things that bothers me about the film is how it removed adventure and replaced it with the concept that the best place to go is nowhere and the best thing to do is what we already know how to do.
That makes for a great screenplay in the sense that it nicely ties up loose ends, but—while I confess it’s been a few years since I’ve read even an abridged version of the book—it’s not the way the book was written. Dorothy went to Oz. Not metaphorically, not in a dream, she went there—and that little girl did things that were far outside her scope in the gray farmhouse in Kansas.
In a sense, the story became comfortable, not transforming.
Great books are often about big transformations. The Bible is one of those books with big transformations.
One of the things I appreciate so much the older I get is how the people whom God called in the Bible were from all walks of life, sometimes un-noteworthy and even seemingly below average people. When you’re young or a new believer, it’s so easy to get this false sense when reading scripture that God chose people who were these larger than life demi-gods with unshakeable faith, total humility—all-around flawless folks who did everything correctly.
And yet, when we mistakenly get that sense we’re grossly missing the point because that’s not actually what’s there. He chose people where they were and as they were, and He equipped them for where they were going. Some people use the proverbial “good book” in awfully bad ways, so I get reservations many have. When people use it more as a crutch for staying comfortable than for being transformed, I can’t help but think we’re missing the point. It might take an enormous whirlwind to get you there. You might be thrown way outside of your comfort zone. If you’re willing though, if you curious, to see where the road might go, you might be surprised at the adventure you’ll meet and where it might lead.
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