It’s hard to explain everything in this short film without watching it, but it has lots of amazing lessons to teach. The gist of the story is that is about two different circuses: one that exploits people’s oddities and one that displays people’s gifts. This man with seemingly no arms or legs, who was repeatedly told that, “Even God has turned his back upon you” leaves one circus for the other. The leader of the “Butterfly Circus” tells the man that he “is magnificent” and the man spits in his faces. The leader wipes the spit from his face and leaves. The man then decides to join the “Butterfly Circus” by hiding in their baggage. He expects immediate recognition and to be paraded for his oddities, but he isn’t. His identity as a “freak” is even taken from him. The others in the circus allow him struggle and try to swim in a river instead of helping him. (Watch it to find out what happens!) To me this mirrors coming to Christ or coming back to Christ.
So often, we can feel like God has turned his back on us because we are going through trials or life hasn’t delivered what we thought we should have by this season of our lives. So, we believe the lie that “God has turned his back upon us” even though it’s totally a lie. Then, God or a person confronts us with the truth and in anger we spit in God’s face and/ or that person’s face, because we are angry with where God has put us and no longer believe “we are magnificent,” because we have sunk so far into sin and Satan’s lies. But God does believe “we are magnificent,” (Psalm 139) even though we are encapsulated and enslaved by sin. Despite all these realizations, we still want attention for our oddities like the man with no arms or legs. Yet, that is not what God wants. He doesn’t make things easier for us. Sometimes we have to go even lower than what we feel is already low. What was once our identity (job, abilities, confidence, boyfriend, family, things, etc.) is stripped from us. We have nothing left in ourselves and see our sinful hearts for what they really are. That’s when we discover how God sees us and that He wants to take the broken pieces to create something beautiful with the foundation and identify being in Him. He takes away our security and pride, so that He can become our security and our glory, which reminds me of a song by Crystal Lewis, “Beauty for Ashes”
He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair
I Peter 5: 5-11
Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
So, God with my job gone, my insecurities/weaknesses exposed, teach me what I need to learn, so I can become what you desire!