The Wizard of Oz is quite the classic. An obvious biblical parallel could be made with the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). In fact, Veggie Tales did and did so beautifully. It’s called “The Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s”. Check it out. That being said, I won’t go too deeply into it, but let’s set the scene. Think of Dorothy’s trip to this wondrous place as her heeding the siren song into death that sin really is. She’s indulged, she’s run into trouble and found herself in battle and is looking for some pay off, something to make this worth it, bless it even and finds… NADA!
“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” says that big, loud, intimidating voice trying to keep you from seeing that desperate, busy little being (he’s not as big as he’d have you think and he is CERTAINLY smaller than the Lord) trying to keep the crumbling illusion going – trying to keep you from the truth.
And, isn’t that basically what the enemy does? When you realize all that glitters ain’t gold; when you realize you’ve been duped; that that Jesus guy has something better for you!?! He gets loud. He gets intimidating. He accuses. He threatens. He distracts. He magnifies. He creates chaos. He denigrates and degrades. HE LIES! He gets busy pushing any and every button he can behind that curtain to keep you enslaved in Oz.
Then, there’s Jesus. He gave his life on the cross and ripped that curtain! (Matthew 27:51) He’s showing you the truth! He’s exposing the root of your problem – one of the things the devil doesn’t want you to see. The devil wants you caught up in other’s faults, the mean words spoken, bad attitudes… anything to try to justify the poor choices made, to distract you from the why’s and how’s behind the problem. It’s usually a hurt that needs healing, shame, lack of identity… it’s always deeper than what’s visible on the surface. It’s something that spiritual eyes can see. Only, most of us are blind to it. But, I know a guy who works miracles on visual issues. (C’mon, I had to! lol) He’s a healer and he’s got solutions!
Not only does the enemy want you blinded to the root of your issue, he REALLY wants you to miss your exit out of Oz and back to the Father who’s waiting for you to come home. He wants you to believe you are such a wretched mess, He will NEVER take you back – that He could never love you and to throw any notion of spending eternity with Him right out the window! But, he’s a liar and there is no truth in him. Just like the Prodigal Son’s father was waiting on him, welcoming him back with a celebration, so, too, is your Heavenly Father. In fact, just flip everything the devil says and you will have a clearer picture. You’ll feel the chains start breaking.
Romans 8:38-39 (ESV) says, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
That sacrifice on the cross is your path back. You need to quit listening to that big, scary voice. See through the illusion. Believe the truth that salvation and forgiveness is a freely given gift from God. Accept it. Repent and be forgiven – forgive yourself, too, and take that next step back home. Jesus knows and is The Way.
So, before I go… I wrote this on 7/24. I’m a very busy mom and it’s easier for me to post at night. Awesomely, today (7/25) I came across a wonderful confirmation of this on fb live. If you have facebook and are a prodigal, you’ve backslidden… I think this will bless and encourage you.
Look for the video entitled “30 Days of Favor, Day 25, Lost Favor Found, Hope for Prodigals”
Praying for you, standing with you and cheering you on…