Seeing Jesus Through the Eyes of a Toy
Isaiah 25:1 – “O Lord, You are my God, I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, for You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.”
I only got to see a part of the new Toy Story television special tonight but I found it interesting on many levels. Apparently the main child character has a multitude of toys, but never plays with any of them. He is only interested in video games.
Because of this his toys have to find ways of entertaining themselves, which leads to all sorts of mischief and mayhem. One scene even shows one of the toys torturing the beloved Buzz and Woody by holding them over a moving fan. They scream in fear but fortunately the other toy doesn’t drop them.
It is at this time that one of the new toy characters that we are introduced to accidentally steps on the on button on the surge protector, which of course turns the power off to the electronic device that the little boy is playing. He is in a state of shock and appears to not know what to do. He has to face reality instead of the virtual reality that consumes his life. He gets up out of his gaming chair to go and assess the situation. When he looks at the surge protector he of course discovers this wonderful dinosaur toy. He has had it for a while I am sure but it is only then that he really sees it. He puts it down, turns the power back on and gets ready to go back to business as usual.
Suddenly he stops, and he looks at his little sister as she is playing with a toy. She seems to be having fun, so he does something amazing, he puts down his controller and decides to join her. They then begin a great adventure involving all of these newfound toys. When the adventure is finally over and the lights are turned out, the dinosaur character says something to the effect of “this is the most wonderful, exhilarating day of my life.”
In many ways this story is a parable of our world. Children have so many things to play with but seem to be consumed with the virtual reality of all of the electronics around them. Because of this many kids no longer play, and toys are forgotten about. When that happens the wonder of childhood can be diminished.
However the story struck me on a deeper level, the main toy character, “the dinosaur”, only found real joy when he was doing what he was created to do. When he wasn’t being played with, he walked around aimlessly. Life had no real purpose or joy, but when he began to do what he was created to do, life all of a sudden was “exhilarating and wonderful.”
We as humans have a lot in common with that dinosaur toy. It is only when we are doing what we are created to do that we find true joy and purpose in life. When we don’t have that sense of purpose our lives become aimless and filled with all kinds of mischief and mayhem (dare I say sin). It is then that we harm one another and that life doesn’t make sense. When we find our purpose however we find joy.
So what is our purpose? It is really quite simple. Isaiah says, “I will exalt you, O God.” The word exalt means to lift up to glorify. Our purpose is to glorify God, and the only way that we can do that is through having a relationship with Jesus Christ. Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” In other words we were created to rejoice, to pray, and to give thanks to God. That is our pupose. We were made to glorify God. How do we do that? Only in Christ Jesus. Only by following Him and living for Him. When we do that we find our purpose in life and even though there will be hard times and difficulties in life, it is then that we find true joy, and perhaps we can say with a dinosaur, “that life is exhilarating and wonderful.” To God be the glory!