Why did Dorothy, Scarecrow, the tin man, and the cowardly lion, set out on the yellow brick road to find the wizard of Oz? Well, the scarecrow was missing a brain and felt incomplete. The woodman made of tin was unhappy because he had no heart. The cowardly lion was in desperate pursuit of some courage, and Dorothy wanted nothing more than to find her way back home. All needed something they were missing and complied with the directive to follow the yellow brick road to see the wizard who could give them what they desired.
Doesn’t this one child’s story depict an adult reality? Happiness, the realization of our dreams, and “success” lie in what the wizard of this world gives us. Society taught us this while growing up, that’s what we believed, until, through God’s grace, the revealing of the counterfeit, fraudulent, deceptions of this world’s wizard was clear.
The one that is God does not need trickery. No deception required to supply generously a pure heart, a brain that’s transformed into the mind of Christ, and the courage to use them. The best part comes when the Christ of glory reveals Himself as the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and we suddenly realize we are home. Free at last to partake of all of God’s goodness. With our glass overflowing our joyful praises ring through the halls of space to the throne room of the “Great I Am.” Rejoice, weary traveler, you have every desire met in “The One” whose plan for you is greater than your own.
Colossians 2:8 New International Version (NIV)
8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.