Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Life Lessons from Harry Potter- Part 4

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“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.” The Albus Dumbledore character was a wise man. Think of the many ways people try to numb pain. Some people use drugs and alcohol. Some people have affairs. Some people just run away and think they’ll never have to look back. Nevertheless, you can’t run forever and you can’t out-run God. He knows what you’re going through and He knows what’s best for you. Let Him be your strength and face it head-on.

“We must try not to sink beneath our anguish, Harry, but battle on.” From the Half-Blood Prince, this is yet another quote from Dumbledore. I think we have all had times where we found ourselves sinking beneath our heartache and grief. It’s much easier to let sorrow to consume us that to keep going and put one foot in front of the other. Romans 8:37 says “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” We are conquerors and we can battle on in the name of Jesus! It’s not easy, but He has equipped us with what we need to get through any situation. We can do all things, even while we are going through heartache, through Him who gives us strength!

“No, I think I'll just go down and have some pudding and wait for it all to turn up.... It always does in the end.” The character Luna Lovegood is talking about her shoes and personal belongings here, not anything too significant, but I like this quote. She’s a lonely girl with the exception of a few friends and she’s used to being the butt of the jokes, but I just like the way she handles things. Matthew 6:34 says “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Luna never worried; she just trusted that it would all be okay and realized that worrying about life doesn’t change anything.

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” Well said, Headmaster. My favorite HP quote of all was yet another line spoken by the great Albus Dumbledore character. This touches on some previous comments I’ve made, but there really is so much to be thankful for, even in our most difficult times. Sometimes God uses these wilderness experiences and heartaches to mold us into the people He needs us to be. It’s imperative that we not only go to God when we’re struggling, but that we stay connected to Him in all of our seasons. That makes it easier to remember to turn on the light and find joy in our most difficult hours. Our reaction to the wilderness is what causes non-believers to take notice and want the very thing that makes us so different: the light.

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