Cartoons for Thought!

I shook off the vision that seemed so strange… A vision of CARTOON characters???  Each character appeared one at a time, each one clearly visible.  Some I recognised and some I didn’t.  However, interestingly Princess Jasmine was the one character that I still remember seeing.  The character would drop down slowly and disappear after which the next character would make its entrance.  The back drop was bright.

It didn’t make sense to me at all… How could seeing cartoon characters be a vision with a spiritual meaning?  And when was the last time I saw a cartoon with Princess Jasmine?  Then again, what about all the characters that appeared that I couldn’t identify?  Surely there is something significant despite the seeming foolishness?

I sent a message to Jo Ellen Stevens who has a strong prophetic gifting, someone I do not know personally and met recently through FB.  She replied back and I couldn’t help think “Why didn’t I think of that?”!! Yes, what she felt could be the interpretation did make sense.  I spent time in prayer after that and began to reflect on what I saw and her possible interpretation of it.  Then I felt led to write this.

Just to back track a bit… What do cartoons signify to us?  What do they represent?

I’m still a child at heart and am not embarrassed one bit to admit I still enjoy cartoons now and then!  To me they are a “get away” from reality… to not focus on real life issues and just let the mind relax.  The countless “lived happily ever after” fairy tales, the numerous characters who get blown up with dynamite or bull dozed down only to return to being perfectly normal the next minute…..  They are indeed illusional, far fetched from reality..  and meant to be so.  It is not just the “storyline” that is illusional but also how the  “animation” of these life-less characters are brought about.  Incredible artistic and creative talents of people are put together.

You people sit there, night after night. You’re beginning to believe this illusion we’re spinning here.  

You’re beginning to think the tube is reality and your own lives are unreal.  This is mass madness! – Howard Beale

An interesting quote.  I’m not condemning cartoons here and I’m not going to stop watching cartoons either.  This challenges us to examine our lives…

  • What are the illusions that we have set up in our lives?

 

  • Are we living under the illusion of how others or even circumstances define us instead of the reality of our identity in Christ?
  •  Are we striving under the illusion of how the world defines our worth – whether it be our assets, our status, our marital status etc etc instead of the reality based on the cross of Jesus Christ?
  • Are we fixated on the illusion that our hands are what provides thus we need to save earthly treasures OR             are we living in faith steeped in the reality  that our life on earth is short-lived, temporal and that God is our provider?
  • Are we indulging in the illusion that God forgave our sins so we can choose to live any way we prefer and yet enter eternal life OR                                                                                                                                                                  are we living in the reality that Christ’s blood on the cross forgave our sins of our past and that doesn’t give us the licence to please our flesh but rather His sacrificial love for us drives us to acknowledge, confess and repent of our current sins leading to CHANGE?

“We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion.  The great task in life is to find reality” – Irish Murdoch

 As believers we know reality is found only in God.  Jesus Christ is THE truth, the way and the life and we can’t go to the Father other than through Him.  This is reality, what lasts, what is permanent.  Everything else is temporary as fleeting as passing clouds in the sky.

How reluctantly the mind consents to reality! – Norman Douglas

So true… it’s easy to get carried away with illusions but so hard to consent to reality.  I know the reality of the believer’s life is to walk along the narrow path, with the blessings and trials both hand in hand… His peace surpasses all understanding and keeping my gaze on Jesus, it’s not that hard.  However, I admit that the difficulty in this path arises only when I try to please or conform to other people’s expectations and values, where I want to be able to answer them for the decisions and plans.

Our life in God is to take one step at a time… He gives us the overall vision but faith is in the unseen, simply following Him….

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.  By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. – Hebrews 11:8-10

Abraham didn’t concern himself of the illusions of ‘stability’ and ‘security’ the way the world would perceive it, comfort zones were not his aim… He went even though he did not know where.. he lived like a stranger in a foreign country.. lived in tents on the move…  His heart was focused on the “city with foundations” – of eternity.  Abraham was rooted in the reality of God.

Paul writes..

For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven – Philippians 3:18-20

  • Are we claiming to be believers and then living as enemies of the cross of Christ?

Let’s take a few minutes today to see God and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to us the illusions that are our strongholds.  May we make a resolve to see those strongholds come tumbling down, freeing us to walk in obedience to God spurred on by His love and with the faith that He who began a good work in us will see it to completion.  Let’s stop making excuses that we ‘can’t over come”.

A heart of faith knows nothing is impossible with God

and longs for His work to come to fruition in our hearts.

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