One of my favorite movies is the Wizard of Oz, you know the story of Dorothy who gets sent to Munchkin Land, after a tornado hits her house. She goes through the adventure of trying to find her way home by journeying to the Emerald City to meet the Great and Powerful Oz who will help her find her way home. Along the way Dorothy meets a cast of character, a wicked witch, a scarecrow, a tin man and a lion. All in the attempt to find her way home.
We often journey our way through life trying to find our way ‘home’, whatever or wherever home may be from us. We look for it in people (relationships), in jobs, in our possessions, anywhere but inside of us. We often spend this journey, just as Dorothy and her companions did, encountering obstacle and ‘wicked witches’ on our way to success. And just as Dorothy did we have people who help us along this journey and people who take the journey along with us. The problem is that we don’t always recognize or realize our help.
Another thing that Dorothy did not realize is that she had the power to go home all along. The shoes she was granted for the Good Witch, were the key to her ultimate way back home. And we too have the tools we need to get where we need to go in life. In Jeremiah 29:11 the Bible lets us know that God’s plan for our lives is for us to prosper and for us to have a future and hope. The Bible also reminds us that God knew us before we were created (Psalm 139). I believe one of my favorite hymns says it best “all I have needed, THY hands have provided”.
Essentially, everything that we need God has already supplied us with. All of the tools we need are at our disposal and all we need to do is simply activate our potential and our power. The truth of the matter is we spend too much time looking for someone else to tell us we are great, we are powerful, we are smart, we can do it. They are not providing anything to us that we do not already have. We simply need to stop being afraid and JUST DO IT!
For Dorothy, she had Glenda, the Good Witch of the North to tell her that she had the power to go home all along, but that she had to journey through the Emerald City because if she was told she had the power she would not have believed it. What is it bout you that you don’t believe. I am sure we have all had our journeys that led us through difficulties just to get to the point where we believe in ourselves.
Don’t wait any longer for someone else to affirm you. Affirm yourself. Believe in yourself. Encourage yourself. Do it for yourself. The world is waiting for you.