Lion King is regarded as one of the classics and is a favourite for many people but I never thought much of the movie until a friend sent me a clip from the movie last week.
I am a little embarrassed to say that it made me cry. I mean, me! Grown me! Crying because of a Lion King clip.
Except it wasn’t just a clip. It held spiritual meaning and it was what God used to minister to me, moments after I had asked Him for reassurance that everything was going to be ok.
It was a Thursday and I was on my lunch period. I decided to go to my car for some quiet time. I had a few things on my mind that I felt anxious about and I needed time away from the buzz of my office to pen my thoughts.
I walked through the back exit, a quick getaway to the car. The sun stood still and penetrated my back as I opened my car door. I stepped in and reclined the seat as I took a deep breath.
I started writing. I have been learning not to be anxious and not to project into the future but I couldn’t help wondering what the next chapter of my life would be like. I had given up a pursuit in obedience to God that everyone would consider crazy and the residue of it was still bugging me. The uncertainty of my next step unsettled me.
I closed my jottings by writing, “send assurance Lord, some word that assure me that it will be ok.”
I shook the feeling and put on my game face as I walked back to my office. When I got seated I saw a whatsapp message from a friend of mine.
It was a clip from Lion Clip with the title, ‘Remember who you are‘. My friend also added a message, “Sandie, I hope you get the message of God from this. My word for today!”
My spirit geared up in expectation. I immediately grabbed my earphone and started watching.
The video opened with a Baboon saying to a Lion, “I sure do, you are Mufasa’s boy!”
The Lion was going in the opposite direction with his head hung low but his jaw dropped as the Baboon identified him. He then turned and ran after him as the Baboon ran off comically.
When he caught up he asked, “you know my father?” and the Baboon confirmed.
The Lion then looked sad and confessed that his father died a long time ago. That’s when the Baboon started laughing and said, “nope! Wrong! He’s alive! And I’ll show him to you.”
He bidded the Lion to follow him and he would show him the way.
The Baboon who acted as a spiritual guide took the Lion to a place and said, “look down there”.
The Lion went and looked. The Baboon had taken him to a body of water where he could see his reflection. The Lion looked at himself and sighed.
“That’s not my Father” he said “It’s just my reflection.”
“Nooo” said Baboon “Look harder.”
The Lion looked harder and then his image began to change and his father appeared.
“You seeee” said the Baboon, “He lives in you”.
At this time I was already away from my office at the staircase with tears in my eyes. It was another reminder that I wasn’t alone.
I continued watching as the Lion’s eyes popped open and the Spirit of His father appeared in the sky and began to speak, “Simba! You have forgotten me. You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me. Look inside yourself Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the circle of life”
“How can I go back?” asked Simba “I am not who I used to be.”
“Remember who you are. You are my son and the one true King. Remember who you are. Remember. Remember. Remember…”
By this time I was all mush but I noticed that my shoulders were squaring up as I walked back to my office. There was a boost in my confidence. There I was walking as one who was defeated when I was the child of a King.
That evening I stayed back after work and watched the full movie with spiritual eyes. It was amazing how the movie stood as an analogy of our spiritual journey.
A little back story: [Simba lived with his father (Mufasa) and other animals in a Kingdom called the Circle of Life. There was a mishap and Mufasa died in the process. Mufasa’s brother who was envious of The King and Simba, who was next in line for the throne deceived Simba into thinking that the bad thing that happened (the death of his Father) was his fault and told him to run away, which Simba did. When this happened the Enemy (Mufasa’s brother) took over the Kingdom and desolation took over the territory as a result. After the encounter with his dad Simba recognised his true identity, returned to the Kingdom, fought the enemy and restoration came.
There are so many things that could be taken from this but while watching I could see vividly how the enemy whispers lies in our ears to get us out of position.]
Simba was a Lion but he had lost his roar. Being reminded of His true identity restored that.
I believe more than anything this is what God (our Father & King) wants us to know. When we know and truly walk in our true identity it helps us to take our rightful place in His Kingdom and to ward off the lies of the evil one. The whispers come to us all to make us feel anxious, condemned, guilty, unworthy.
The Word of God is like that body of water that Simba looked into. It is a mirror showing us who we are; above and not beneath, peculiar people, blessed and highly favoured, holy nation, royal priesthood, a great masterpiece, fearfully and wonderfully made etc etc.
Sometimes we read it and we walk away forgetting what it says and in so doing forget who we really are. It takes someone like the Baboon at times to come along and jolt us into remembering who we are.
“For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.” James 1:23-24
[photo credit: .1. wiki, 2. openbible.ca]
About the Author: Sandie Heron is the Owner/Writer at www.ourevidence.com, Radio Host/Producer on Roots 96.1Fm (programme airs Fridays 12:45-1:00pm) and Videographer. Watch latest video here