I know our main inspiration comes from the Spirit of God illuminating the Scriptures we’ve been given. But sometimes, God shows us pictures of his gracious nature in other things, like books we read, people we meet, even movies we watch. It’s almost like finding a reflection of God’s true grace in these things. It’s not a perfect picture. It might be a little distorted. But there’s enough there to see God in it’s reflection.
I caught that reflection in the live version of Disney’s live version of “The Lady and The Tramp.”
This cute little romantic musical comedy about two dogs from different sides of the track, was a nice remake of the original Disney cartoon. What kids would more than likely miss is the underlying theme of abandonment. Of not feeling like you belong.
Tramp is a stray dog living on the streets, surviving through his street smart skills, and filling his belly with backdoor restaurant scraps, while doing his best to avoid the dreaded law who’s out to get him, The Dog Catcher!
By the end of the movie, Tramp’s carefree lawless lifestyle, and the dog catcher catch up to him, and he is literally being dragged away wounded and defeated. He’s headed to “The Pound”. (cue dramatic music) “There’s only one place for the likes of him,” says the Law!
Lady’s owners plead with the Dog Catcher to stop. But he would not. “He’s a stray and doesn’t belong to anyone!”
Only one thing stops the Dog Catcher in his tracks. One thing stops the law from inflicting punishment. The owners of Lady say, “He Belongs to us. He’s ours” Just like that, every ounce of power the Dog Catcher had over Tramp ceased. All he could do is hand him over to his NEW owners.
I watched it and couldn’t believe what I was seeing right there on the screen. No, it wasn’t a perfect image, but it was still there even in its distortion. It was an element of the Gospel right there in front of me. I even teared up as I watched it unfold. It was beautiful. To be told, “You’re mine. You belong to me!” It’s an essence of the Gospel that touches our soul, our emotions.
I couldn’t help but consider in that moment Christ’s life. I couldn’t help but consider His Death and Resurrection, and how it reminds us that Satan holds no power over us anymore. We belong to God now. We are not perfect and we do struggle, but the enemy can no longer drag us away or separate us from our NEW home.
Like the prodigal clothed with the father’s proof of ownership, his ring, his sandals, his cloak, the Tramp is fitted with a collar that definitively determines who he belongs to and what his worth is.
Yes. I find God in unusual places… Pretty cool, huh?