Flirty, sassy, fun, plus with the ability to fly. Tinkerbell is a standard Disney icon. Today, I found myself relating to her in one specific scene of the classic Peter Pan movie.
Tinkerbell is moping, alone, deserted by Peter for that Wendy. Then captured by the enemy! But treated nice, complimented, offered a way out. She is jealous, oh so jealous. Maybe it is okay? She chimed over to the ink, flew to the map, and tiptoed a pathway to the secret hideout. Flirting with the enemy, selling out. She made sure before she marked the spot, but in one move she was trapped. Hook would kill her Peter.
Is that what fisher-of-man Peter felt like when he wandered up to the fire and warmed his hands while Jesus was being questioned? Flirting with danger…but then he faltered, denied Jesus, and ran.
Jacob pulling on some goat’s wool to kiss his father and snatch the blessing from under his brother’s nose…only to run like a thief.
Judas. Sampson. Selling out to the enemy is poisonous to your health. But I still found myself flirting with the line, walking the curb, riding the fence this morning. It is scary to find yourself there.
“5 …all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.” – 1 Peter 5:5b-9
God, how often am I a Tinkerbell on Hook’s pirate ship flirting with the enemy and tiptoeing to do wrong? Please help me to recognize when I am there, and seek Your ways instead. Thank You that You use the Peters and Jacobs and all the people who fail, and You also help us get away from the brink. To You be the glory. Amen!