There is Power in the Shoes
Jesus said to the father, “Why did you say ‘if you can’? All things are possible for the one who believes.” Immediately the father shouted, “I do believe. Help me to believe more!” (Mark 9:23, 24 ERV)
In the movie, The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy has a dream where she is swept from her sepia-toned world to a magical, beautiful, Technicolor world called Oz by a powerful tornado. This event takes her on a journey where she encounters others along the way who need something (courage, wisdom and love) in order to be whole.
Before her journey, she is given magic shoes to protect her along the way from evil. These shoes also have the power she needs to get home. However, Dorothy has not been given that knowledge because she is not ready. Glinda, the good witch, didn’t tell her because she wouldn’t have believed it. Dorothy believes the Wizard of Oz holds the power to give them each what they need. In reality, they already possess what they need.
It’s belief that unlocks their power to receive what has already been given to them. Dorothy helps her new friends believe in themselves and by the end of their journey they receive what they had all along. The lion gets courage, the scarecrow a brain and the tin man a heart.
If you are a Christian, you already have what you need because Jesus provided for all your needs (spiritual, emotional, mental or physical) on the cross. Isaiah 53:4-5 says, “It was certainly our sickness that he carried, and our sufferings that he bore, but we thought him afflicted, struck down by God and tormented. He was pierced because of our rebellions and crushed because of our crimes. He bore the punishment that made us whole; by his wounds we are healed” (CEB).
Your ruby red shoes can be seen as the blood of Christ. There is power in the blood! We only need to tap into it. Dorothy tapped into the power by believing and verbalizing it. I would venture to say when she closed her eyes and tapped her heels 3 times saying, “there is no place like home” she saw herself there.
Once Dorothy was ready to receive, she was rescued and set free. Are you ready to receive from God? Then ask and believe, and surely it will be yours (Mark 11:24, my paraphrase). Choose to walk in victory.
What do you need today? Have you asked God for it? Does your belief rest in God and His character or are you looking for someone else to meet your need?
A song for reflection: