My son and I went to see “Oz: The Great and Powerful” yesterday. He had seen it before but I had not. It was a rainy afternoon, a perfect opportunity to take in a movie at the cheap seat theater.
Oz was a fake. He wasn’t a real wizard. One of my favorite parts of the film was when he recognizes that even though he wasn’t the real thing, he could still stay and help the people of Oz defeat the wicked witch simply by using his gifts and his imperfect skills for good.
This scene reminded me of what God is capable of doing in our lives. Actions that were meant to harm, God can turn around and use for His glory and His good. I thought about the story of Joseph and the horrible path of misfortune God allowed him to travel down before it led him to the place of serving Pharaoh, the King of Egypt.
But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them. Genesis 50: 19-21
I think about my own weaknesses and rejoice because God figured out (and continues to figure out) a way to redeem them for His glory. It still amazes me that God wants to take the struggles we once worked so hard at trying to hide from the world and shine His spotlight of grace on them so the world can hopefully see His great and powerful hand at work in our lives.
Today, I am thankful for God: The Great and Powerful.