Sunday, July 31, 2016

Are You Like Pinocchio?

Recently, I took my young grandson to see the live play, Pinocchio.  For those who are not familiar with the story, Geppetto was a wood carver who decided one day to carve a wooden puppet boy. Geppetto took great care in carving the boy just right and he named him Pinocchio.  He loved Pinocchio dearly.  His only regret was that Pinocchio was not real; only a wooden puppet.  But the Blue Fairy appeared and promised that if Pinocchio was honest and obedient, she would turn him into a real boy.

Pinocchio was very naughty and rarely told the truth.  Every time he lied his nose would grow longer. One day Pinocchio threw a tantrum.  He questioned why his father made him like he did.  He even questioned why his father made him at all!

One day Pinocchio heard that his father, Geppetto, was out looking for him and had been swallowed up by a giant whale so Pinocchio determined to find the whale and save his father. When he found the whale it swallowed Pinocchio too!  Once inside the whale's belly Geppetto and Pinocchio were very happy to see each other.  Together they devised a plan to tickle the whale's belly and make him sneeze and spit them out.  And the plan worked.

Upon returning home together, the Blue Fairy did as she had promised and turned Pinocchio into a real boy.  From then on Pinocchio was very well behaved and honest.  And Geppetto and Pinocchio lived happily ever after.

Throughout the play I saw many spiritual parallels to our own walk with our Heavenly Father God. Our Heavenly Father took great care in creating us and made each of us just the way he wanted. He loves each of us dearly.  He wants us to be alive and he breaths the breath of life into us.  He requires us to be obedient and to follow the Truth.  Unfortunately, we don't always do it.

Many times in my walk with the Lord I have thrown tantrums.  And many times I have questioned him, "Father, why did you make me like this?"  And at times when I've been really angry and disobedient I have questioned, "why did you even make me at all"?  There have also been times when I have come to my senses and returned to my Father, and he has always delightfully welcomed me into his loving embrace.

Our Heavenly Father is amazing.

He has spoken through a burning bush. (Exodus 3:4-6)

He has spoken through a donkey. (Numbers 22:28)

He has spoken through a live, dramatic production, straight to my heart.

I want to please my Father and trust that he made me just the way he wanted.  I want him to be delighted in me.  I want to be obedient and follow the Truth.

I don't know about you, but I don't look so good with a long nose.

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