Some people say that Disney is the happiest place on earth and while I really do love the magic that happens there, I also LOVE to see the pages of Harry Potter come alive at Universal Studios. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. Being able to walk through the castle, the bank, and platform 9 3/4 while drinking Butter Beer makes me happy.
But happiness is not the same as wholeness. Wholeness is what happens when my soul sings. Wholeness is a way of being regardless of my emotions. Wholeness sees me through dark times and magnifies happy times.
I am made whole by the love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. There is no magic that allows me to be made whole. But there are things that I can do to remember that I’m made whole. The following is a short but not complete list:
1) Turn on the light: in other words pray. Ask God what He wants to show you. You may be surprised at the answer.”Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) “I am the way, the truth, and the light.” (Jesus in John 14:6
2) Let go of the past: that doesn’t mean forget it but instead surrender to the present moment and focus on where you’re going. “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) ‘For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!”’ (Romans 8:15)
3) Remember that you have been made worthy. We aren’t worthy to receive God’s love but God’s love makes us worthy to do the work He’s calling us to do. “Every human life is worth the same. And worth saving.” (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”) “To this end we always pray for you, asking that our God will make you worthy of his call and will fulfill by his power every good resolve and work of faith” (2 Thess 1:11)
One of the reasons I enjoyed the Harry Potter books is that I saw threads of the gospel in them. They made me happy because I remembered my wholeness in Jesus. And that in itself is beyond measure.
Until Everyone Hears,