Over the years I’ve seen The Wizard of Oz at least 25 times. Have you ever wondered how the Scarecrow, Tin-man and the Lion came to be? How they winded up the way they did and what snuffed the life out of them? I didn’t quite understand until I saw the Broadway show Wicked, and then I got it. Wicked is the story of Oz before Dorothy arrives. It is a tale of misconceptions, judgement and pain. Love wins out at the end, but I won’t give that part of the story away. Elphaba is the wicked witch of the West she is “evil” somewhat, to the core. The Scarecrow is really a handsome prince who fell in love with Elphaba and this was against the Law of Oz. Elphaba was being hunted and was to be killed. The prince rescued her from that fate, but in the process was caught and tortured. As Elphaba tried to figure out a way to help him not suffer she sings, “No Good Deed,
“Let his flesh not be torn
Let his blood leave no stain
When they beat him
Let him feel no pain
Let his bones never break
And however they try
To destroy him
Let him never die:
Let him never die.”
Elphaba, inadvertently turned him into the Scarecrow; no brain equates no pain.
The brain transmits pain to the body. Pain acts as a warning system that protects you. Pain protects the body from injury, if you touch a hot stove your body withdraws from it without a thought. There were times in my life I wish I was the Scarecrow…no thought, no feelings, just dull. But to stop thinking, is to stop living. We begin to stop thinking of a good life, of our dreams, of joy and settle for protecting ourselves behind a “smile.” We strategize ways of fooling ourselves as well as those around, you’ve reach that part of your tale called existing.
What words or circumstance molded you into the Scarecrow…Unworthy or worthless, Disapproved of, invalidated, or rejected, Not listened to or understood, Like a non-entity–or invisible, Unloved, not cared about or wanted, Insulted, disparaged, disrespected, distrusted, devalued, or discounted, Aggressed against, taken advantage of; betrayed, Inadequate, defective, incompetent, behind the curve, inferior or looked down upon, unacceptable, Slow, stupid, foolish or silly; contemptible, Dishonorable or cowardly, Embarrassed or humiliated, Weak, helpless, or defenseless, Undeserving of time, attention, or recognition, Like a failure; “loser”, Guilty, shameful–or a bad person generally. Day in and day out, we cast shadows on this field of life, hoping that the vultures hovering around us will never know how powerless we really feel.
In Oz, the Scarecrow realized that he had the power to think for himself all along. It was a power from within, brought forth by the struggles he encountered in his journey. A power so strong, so supernatural, that this ordinary Scarecrow became extraordinary. He harnessed the power of wisdom, knowledge and pain. So here’s my challenge to you, you can choose to stay perched in the field of your painful past or get off that post and follow your “yellow brick road.” The Scarecrow accomplished his mission in Oz. Will you accomplish your’s? There is no one else in the world like you. When you hide or devalue your gifts, talents and personality, we are a little less as a whole because you are part of the body of Christ. God has a purpose for you that no other human being on this earth can fulfill. Its time for you to dismiss the lies of your past hurts and pain, Why? Because your enemy hopes you will never fully realize how much of a brain you truly have!
Psalm 139:14 reads; “I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
marvelous are your works, and my soul knows very well.”