Last night Robert and I watched Alice in Wonderland (the Johnny Depp version) with some great friends and few things really stuck out to me in this movie. I know that is it not a Christian movie, but there are definitely some Christian themes going on there. But mostly, what really stuck out was a statement the White Queen made to Alice as she was deciding whether or not to fight the jabberwocky (I am really impressed that Microsoft Word recognized that as a word and told me how to spell it, HAHA).
“The choice must be yours. But when you step out to face the creature, you won’t step out alone.”
I love how this statement correlates so much to Christianity. It seems to epitomize one of the most important things I have learned over the course of the last year.
The choice must be yours; God won’t force you to follow Him.If you want to be separated from the Father, He’ll let you be separated. He won’t force His way into our lives and He won’t guilt us into loving Him. He will wait until we invite Him in before He will enter.
Romans 1:24 – Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,
Whatever we want to put first in our lives, God will let us. Not because He wants to, but because He loves us and He wants us to choose Him amidst all the chaos of this world. Forcefully following God is like the people who followed the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland, not because they loved her but rather because they didn’t want to die. God doesn’t want us to come to Him just to escape Hell. He wants us to come to Him in acknowledgement that we are useless without Him and that we need Him.
If we want separation from Him, He will give us that, eternally.
But when you step out to face the creature, you won’t step out alone; God will always be with us. When you have to step out into the darkness of life, God will be there to light your way.
Hebrews 13:5-6 – Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
There are so many Bible verses that talk about how God will never leave us, but I think that is something we often forget. When we have to step out and face a creature of own, we forget that God is right there and that we aren’t stepping out alone.
Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
This is where I find my hope, in knowing that He is ALWAYS with me, no matter what I am doing. I may be pretty weak on my own, but with Him, I can do anything.