There are so many different kinds of cartoons and shows that our kids are exposed to so we try to make sure we filter the best we can. We are probably less conservative than some parents, but then more conservative than others. One that caught my attention was Elena of Avalor. In this cartoon they talk about a spirit guide.
One morning as I was preparing breakfast this show came on. I listened as I cooked and when breakfast was ready I turned off the TV and had them sit down and eat. I sat with them and asked if they understood that it was a cartoon and it was not real. They acknowledged and then I asked, “Do you know that Daddy has a Spirit guide?” Aubrey’s eyes grew big, “REALLY?” I told them that in the Bible Jesus says whoever follows Him, will have the Holy Spirit to guide them.
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” John 16:13
With so much confusion in our society with simple things like the news, it’s no wonder there is so much doubt and skepticism. There are so many expressions of fantasy that the accounts of the Bible just gets lumped into that, and in fact gets overshadowed by the grandiose manifestations of the imagination in TV and movies. What is truth any more? How are we supposed to know it? Reminds me of Pharaoh’s magicians matching the works of God through Moses.
Sadly, I feel these fantastic depictions of the artistic minds have dulled the awestruck wonder of the one true God even for the regular church attender. Christianity, even to Christians are dull, repetitive routines of life. Midweek Bible study…check, Sunday school…check, Sunday morning service…check. Maybe you even built in a daily Bible reading and prayer time to your schedule. We become so faithful to tasks, but there is no experiencing God. God’s wonders and amazement are not even considered. We keep Him is the box of the schedule that fits into our lives, and more often than not, there is no space for the extraordinary works of Almighty God, there is no room to experience the Holy Spirit in the everyday things.
I am not sure how anyone has a relationship with God if they do not experience His presence. When you just look at the Bible for face value, it sounds like a fairy tale or fantasy. Sometimes not even a very exciting one. When the Holy Spirit speaks through the scripture, it comes to life. When you allow God to move, you know what it really and what is fantasy.
Jesus will always be questioned, doubted, disputed and ridiculed. If you follow Jesus in the way that He has called us, with all of our heart, all of our mind, with all of our soul and all our strength, we will also be ridiculed. If you have experienced the one true God, you know what is truth. If you have experienced the Word of God through the scriptures, you know what is fantasy and what is real.
May you be in awe of God today. May the truth of Jesus overwhelm you and transform your understanding of what is fact and what is fiction. May you live in the reality of God’s goodness, love and grace. -jason