The other night I went to go see the limited release of the Lion King in 3D with some friends, and although the 3D aspect wasn’t spectacular the story, songs, and character are what make The Lion King an awesome movie. We can all relate to Simba’s character in some way. We all carry fears, and failures from our past. Like Simba we choose to run from those painful events of our life. We can also take Timon & Pumbaa’s advice and say,
What a wonderful phrase
Ain’t no passing craze
It means no worries
For the rest of your days
It’s our problem-free philosophy
The problem with either option is where ever you go, there you are, and so they tend to resurface. Like Rafiki says, “Oh yes, the past can hurt.” While The Lion King is very entertaining, and has some very good moral viewpoints I can’t turn to it for guidance on how to treat my pain for the past. I have to turn to another…The King. I bet you didn’t see that one coming!
Sin is what causes pain in our lives. Sometimes we are responsible for that sin, and sometimes it is caused by someone else. Most of us tend to be harder on ourselves. I tend to struggle between the things I have done in the past, and who I am. In those moments of weakness I fail to give honor and glory to Jesus. Thankfully, He is gracious and is working in my heart to restore me. He is showing me truths that will glorify Him.
- The way that I sometimes look at myself is not how my Heavenly Father looks at me. “As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalms 103:12
- What I have done is not who I am. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
- I can take the pain and fears of my past to the Cross with confidence. ” And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
- I know that He will use all the things I have done for my good and His glory. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. ” Romans 8:28
- I can trust that although nothing is promised, God does want the best for me. “‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
At the end of the day, I know that it is not about me, but about Jesus and what He did for all of humanity. That the cross is bigger than anything that I have done or failed to do. Jesus paid it all, the sin, pain, shame, guilt, and nailed to the cross so that we could be redeemed for eternity. I know that He can move the mountain I sometimes see because He has done it before. As He works in my heart and life, the more excited I get. The best days are ahead of me, not because I deserve them, but because of my life giving glory to the One who created me.