I love The Lion King. Always have. Always will. I love that the gospel can be seen in Disney movies.
My favorite point in the movie is the final scene. Simba returns to the Pride Lands to overthrow Scar and return Pride Rock to its former glory. They battle, Simba overcomes Scar and it transitions to the final scene. Watch here. The scene begins with smoldering flames and rain beginning to wash the land. Simba and Nala do a head-nuzzle thing. The skull on the ground is washed away by the rain. As the music builds Rafiki points Simba to take his place atop Pride Rock as King by saying, "it is time." Simba roars and the Pride Lands are transformed. What had been ashes, death, and destruction is replaced by new growth. The Pride Lands are restored and are more beautiful than it was before.
In church I sometimes feel like we talk about what is "nice" too often. When people ask us how we are doing we would rather give an update that is "GOOD!" and full of joy and love. But what about the pain in our lives? What about the parts of our lives that feel like they are dying? What do we do with things like cancer, diseases, and death? What do we do when we don't feel a lot of hope?
Scripture: " Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later." - Romans 8:18 & "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" - Romans 8:28.
I love the Lion King scene so much because from the ashes of Pride Rock's death comes new growth. That growth would not have been possible without the burning and cleansing process that had to happen for Scar's presence to be wiped out. The old is gone, the new has come.
What feels like ashes in your life right now? What are the places of new growth that are taking root in your life? What would it take for God to take over as King of your "Pride Rock" (aka life)?