There’s No Place Like Home
If you’ve visited the gift shop inside the Kansas welcome center on Interstate 35, then you undoubtedly know there’s no place like home.
The first time Pilot and I stopped there, “Over the Rainbow” played in the background. Tee shirts with pictures of the Good Witch of the North, ruby slippers, Toto teapots, and emerald green coffee mugs lined the shelves. The place was filled with Wizard of Oz memorabilia.
I found Pilot and asked, “What is with all the Wizard of Oz stuff?”
He looked at me, as he often does when what I just said makes absolutely no sense to him. “We’re in Kansas.”
“Sooo?” It took a minute. Then I said, “Oh, yeah. Of course.”
Now I am sure none of you reading this would have been as dense. But in my defense, Kansas wasn’t our end destination on this trip. Colorado was. We were merely passing through the great state.
I wasn’t thinking about where I was in relationship to Dorothy’s there’s no place like home. I was thinking more in line with what I saw. Wheat, buffalo, and the Santa Fe Trail.
Before we left the gift shop, I purchased several books on early pioneers, a few trinkets, and a music box that plays, “Over the Rainbow”. Pilot chose one that plays, “If I Only Had a Brain”. I am positive he did not buy that for me.
On A Quest For Home
In Wizard of Oz, Dorothy is on a quest to get home. Because, as we know, there is no place like home. We too, are on a quest to reach our eternal home. Heaven.
On our journey we sometimes run into people who need a heart because theirs is mean-spirited or callous.
We may meet people who need courage for the difficult tasks they face.
Often times, we are surrounded by people who appear to need a brain since they seem to keep making the same bad choices over and over again.
And of course, there is that wicked witch with her flying monkeys who seems to make life miserable for those in her wake.
Maybe we are the ones who need the heart, courage, or brain. Or who, occasionally, hiss, “I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog, too.”
Jesus Is The One Who Will Get Us Home
Instead of looking for the not-so-great Wizard behind the emerald curtain, we need to turn to our true guide, Jesus, to get us home. He’s the one who can make our hearts brand new.
He’s the one who will give us the courage we lack.
If we let him, Jesus can straighten out our brains, and help us make the right choices.
As we follow Jesus, he can also teach us how to deal with the flying monkeys in our life.
We may not have ruby slippers, but we have something far superior. We have a Savior who will lead us home. For there truly is no place like our heavenly home.
Which character from the Wizard of Oz do you most relate to?
For we know that when this tent we live in now is taken down—when we die and leave these bodies—we will have wonderful new bodies in heaven, homes that will be ours forevermore, made for us by God himself and not by human hands. 2 Corinthians 5:1 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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