Oh, Pooh...

In case the provocative nature of the title got you to read this then full disclaimer: this post is about Pooh. Not the gross kind, but everyone's favorite bear, Whinny The Pooh! I was an avid fan growing up. I read the books, I watched the movies, I had a 4th birthday party that was Whinny the Pooh themed. I was in. And truthfully, I am still in. I love any book or movie that can seamlessly connect children's stories with scripture. It helps me. It gives me a new context for what having a "child-like faith" really means. Truthfully we make it (church, following God, theology, etc...) too complicated sometimes. Movies that can connect to scripture remind me that it doesn't always have to be that complicated.

One of my favorite versions of the Pooh epic is the Disney film "Pooh's Most Grand Adventure: The Search For Christopher Robin." Watch the scene here: click. As Pooh and Christopher Robin are contemplating what would happen if they were ever apart I love Christopher Robin's words. He says, "No, silly, old bear! You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is even if we're apart, I'll always be with you. I'll always be with you. I'll always be with you."

Scripture: "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!” Acts 1:7-11

I love that the "final" thing on earth that Jesus did was to send the Holy Spirit. The mission of building the Church would have been daunting for His disciples. The power of the Holy Spirit was equally alive in those early disciples as it is in those who choose to follow Jesus with their whole selves today. In weeks, like this one, where few things feel like they are going as they should or as I wanted I'm comforted by the Holy Spirit. I'm comforted that the Holy Spirit in me is braver, stronger, and more present than any disappointment, let-down, or conflict.

What awesome stories of the Holy Spirit at work do you have? How do you see God moving in your life? 

Further reading:  "Forgotten God" by Francis Chan. Don't have a copy? Borrow mine!

 

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