Do you know who said this?
“If I ever go looking for my heart's desire, I won’t look further than my own backyard. Because if it isn’t there, then I never really lost it to begin with.”
I’ll give you a hint; it’s not Morgan Freeman or Abe Lincoln.
Give up? Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. Pretty sure she was ahead of her time.
Here we have Dorothy who just wants to go home. She runs away because she is afraid, but when she realizes how much she misses her family back home, her only desire is to get back to where she is loved (clearly, she never lived through COVID pandemic).
Now we have a whole world of people who are feeling discontent and just want to get away from home! Oh the irony!
Today, I chose to sit out in the sun while I read Jesus’ words in John 14. It’s nice and we are still allowed outside.
Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If it were not so, would I have told you I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come get you so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.
Then Jesus told him,
I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you have known me, you will know who my father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!
As I processed this particular I AM statement, the Wizard of Oz came up again.
I confess that I loose sight of what's important on a pretty regular basis. I forget that I have some really incredible things right in front of me and go off in search of more. More affirmation, more attention, more control. The only thing I really need is the One who made me.
Jesus says, “I am the way.” He is our yellow brick road, if you will. When you walk with him, you begin to learn the Truth. Bit by bit, brick by brick. You may get sidetracked, poisoned by poppies, or various other setbacks, but his path remains in tack to lead you safely home.
April 7, 2020