Disney movies have been a weakness for me. Not sure if it is the child in me finding deeper meaning to familiar childhood stories or the adult trying to relive a wonderful lost phase of life. Nevertheless, I am always more than happy to watch a Disney remake even though we know the story inside out. So one can imagine my excitement when Lion King movie was released. “Hakuna matata”…I started humming by reflex. It was one of my personal favorite animated movies and I was more than happy to watch a more realistic remake. And the movie did not disappoint. The animation was mind blowing with such care for details. We couldn’t help sing out loud with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa, as they danced away . But my favorite moment in this story has always been the scene where Simba talks to Mufasa’s ghost. But this time, as a twenty-six year old young lady trying to sort out her life, that scene had a different impact on me. As Mufasa’s ghost told Simba, “Remember who you are”, I felt a shiver down my spine. I tried to attribute the goosebumps to the air conditioning. But I knew there was more to it. In that cinema hall in Lucknow, I felt the small prompt voice of the Holy Spirit remind me who I am- the daughter of the Heavenly King.
“Remember who you are”. Why was this so startling? Was it because I was living a life forgetting who I am? Was this a much needed reality check for me? Was I not living as per the standards of my Heavenly Father? Why did I forget my duties and rights as a child of the living God? When did I start drifting away? The answers to all these questions were not reassuring. I wished I could just tell myself, “Hakuna matata”. There was no running away from this. I did try though. But then I went to church last Sunday and guess what message the Pastor had for the congregation!! “Remember who you are. Remember whose you are. Because our thoughts and actions are deeply linked to our identities. So make sure you know your identity. Your identity is in the Lord Jesus!” When you run from a lesson by the Holy Spirit at the movie, He will definitely catch you in Church, I guess!
But it was a lesson I needed at this point in life. There were lots of areas in my life where I was almost ready to compromise my faith and the teachings of the Bible. I had forgotten who was in control over my life and was struggling to navigate it. I had tuned out from the whispers of the Holy spirit. I was the prodigal. I really needed to remind myself who I am and whose I am. And then I decided to run. Run into the open hands of my loving heavenly Father, always waiting to receive His prodigal.