Originally Written for 3/22/09
You know, I read a blog by a pastor several months ago reflecting back on the year 2008. One thing he blogged about was his favorite movies of the year, and one was Wall-E, the latest from Pixar Studioes (the ones who gave us Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Cars, to name a few). I had wanted to see it in the theatre, simply because I love the Pixar movies, but was unable to do so.
Until last night. I actually ordered it on Pay Per View about three weeks ago, but we never had a chance to watch it, so earlier this week Melissa and I agreed that Saturday night we would sit down and watch Wall-E together. It was well worth the time spent; personally, I think it’s one of the best Pixar movies yet.
The premise of the movie is very simple – it’s about finding someone in life to care for and be cared by. Granted, that’s not how it starts, but that’s the gist of the movie. There is a little robot named Wall-E who is lonely and yearns to be loved, and the movie traces his pursuit of the robot he falls in love with.
There are so many parallels to life that I could draw – but I’ll stick with just the obvious ones. First, it shows us the need we all have for acceptance and love, and it should challenge us to find that within our families. The rise in gang membership and activity across this country is proof enough that people yearn to be accepted, loved, cared for, and protected – and it demonstrates the lengths they will go to get it. But we should find that security in our homes in our families – from our spouse, parents, siblings, etc. Beyond that we should find it in the church – our church.
One question we need to ask ourselves is whether we give the love, care, acceptance, and protection others need from us. Do we give it to our families? Do we give it in our church? Is there anyone in our family who feels unwelcome by us? Is there anyone, for whatever reason, who would feel unwelcome in our church?
If the answer to any of those is yes, we need to take a long, hard look at how we share love with others.
The final parallel is that only in Christ can our need be fully met. Since I’m “preaching to the choir,” I’m assuming that each of us has found that rest. But that raises the question – what are we doing to help others find it as well?
The answer to that, like the earlier questions, isn’t quite as easy to give.