A Weekly Devotional
from Steve Higginbotham
Whatever Happened On The Yellow Brick Road?
by Steve Higginbotham
December 10, 2007
Times sure do
change. Stop and think of the changed that have been occurred in the past
100 years. There have probably been more changes during this period of time
than in the rest of human history combined. While I don’t consider myself
to be “old,” I can say that I grew up during a time prior to microwave
ovens, VCR’s, computers, and even something as “simple” as a hand-held
Well now, if
you know the story of the Wizard of Oz, the above summary is missing quit a
large portion of the movie. The part that is missing is the middle part.
You see, I have a memory of how the movie began and how it ended, but I
don’t have a memory of anything in-between. Do you know why? Because the
one time of the year when the Wizard of Oz came on television was Sunday
evening, and that’s when my family went to worship. Consequently, I’d see
the beginning of the movie, go to church services, then return home in time
to see the end. There were no VCR’s or DVR’s to record it so I could watch
it later. If you missed it, you missed it. Next chance to watch it would
be the following year.
Looking back, I’m glad my memory of the Wizard of Oz is what it is. I’m certainly glad that my memory is not of “skipping” church to watch Dorothy “skip” her way through Oz. This was just another one of those “Mt. Moriah” experiences that I have from my childhood that will remain in my memory for the rest of my life. Friends, are you creating “Mt. Moriah” experiences that will burn into the memory of your children, grandchildren, or spouse?
(FYI, Mt. Moriah is where Abraham was willing to offer up Isaac as a sacrifice. Surely that was a childhood memory that Isaac never forgot, and demonstrated his father’s faith and commitment to God).
Do any of you have a similar memory of the Wizard of Oz?
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