One of my favorite memories growing up was the annual broadcast (yes, I grew up in the era of broadcast TV) of The Wizard of Oz. I had eagerly read the Oz novels, and to see the broadcast of that movie was like a book coming to life. I felt the same way as an adult, watching The Lord of the Rings and The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe. Yet, watching Oz, at such a young age, will always be special.
The movie predates me, having been made about thirty years before I remember watching it on television. Before I watched it on my console color TV, an entire generation had been thrilled at the movie theaters, their imaginations whisked away by a twister from the bleak, black and white plains of Kansas to the Land of Oz, so rich and full of color. As a child, I thought that Oz must represent heaven and Kansas must represent our life before salvation. The journey was, to me, our Christian walk. I know now that neither the author nor the producers held such beliefs.
As a Christian, though, I often feel a lot like Dorothy must have felt. At once I am intrigued and dismayed on my daily journey to meet Christ. Daily, I encounter obstacles, my own version of flying monkeys and witches on broomsticks.
My fellow travelers are often frightened, display no courage, and little sense, and far too often rely on me for their strength. Yet, I am no stronger than they.
And, many times there is a fork in the road, in my proverbial Yellow Brick Road, and I have no idea which way to turn. Will one way lead me to danger? Will I fall asleep, or become distracted?
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
Following Christ in a daily journey requires much time spent in prayer, much time spent studying His word, and much time simply trusting Him, walking in faith, so that we may be strong enough to fight against daily challenges. We must love Him enough not to become distracted by the things we see in our journey.
It is, though, a much more rewarding journey – and one full of more fun – if we take travel companions along with us. So, rely on Christ, and find both a mentor and a protege. Find a Christian who is much more mature than you, and make a true friend of him or her. Find a younger, less mature Christian, and make a true friend of him or her. It will make your journey much more exciting.