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Elijah's Strange Habit
by Lygia Lovelace

 


Elijah has an odd way of watching movies.

 

He is our seventh child, and I've never seen another Lovelace do this. Perhaps you have a child who actually "lives" what he is watching? Because he literally places himself within the four-walled screen of not-real life, we have to carefully guard what Elijah sees.

 

Not too long ago, we watched The Pagemaster. It is a popular movie for my children. We love the children's book, and since it is a story ABOUT books, we especially love the theme.

 

Elijah watched just a few moments of it, in silence. Muttering to himself, he stood up.

 

"I don't want to be in this movie…it's too scary!"

 

And he walked out.

 

You see, to most people, a movie is just a movie.

 

But it's serious to Elijah. It's real to him. He lives it.

 

If the people in the movie are running, Elijah runs. If they are driving in a car, he pretends to drive. If they fall down, Elijah will throw himself to the floor. If they are fighting a battle, Elijah will fight as well!

 

We were in a theater several years ago, watching the movie Prince Caspian -- from The Chronicles of Narnia series. During the intense battle scene toward the end of the movie, Elijah became so full of passion as he saw himself fighting beside Peter and Edmond, and Caspian, that he stood up with both arms raised and yelled at the top of his lungs,

 

"FOR NARNIAAAAAA AND THE NORTH!! FOR ASLAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

 

An entire row of Lovelace's jumped, startled. A few chuckles sounded from the seats around us. I did my best to calm him.

 

"Elijah, honey, it's just a movie. SHHH…we don't want to disturb anyone."

 

He never even heard me! He was too busy using his invisible sword, fighting on the side of good, against evil…fighting for the right, the pure. Fighting for Narnia!

 

"GO NARNIAAAAA!!!"

 

Well, the movie was quite an adventure, for all of us!

 

But in all the strangeness of Elijah's habit, God has taught me something about truly living His Word.

 

As I read about Moses' life, and Hannah's and Mary's, I have learned to ponder, and dwell upon, their emotions. Have you ever done an "emotion study" of the people of the Bible? I have, and as I have put myself in their places -- put myself in their own situations -- fought with them, cried with them, run with them...oh, my! It has been a rewarding and passionate Bible study for me.

 

Think about Moses, for example. Have you ever felt his great emotion while leading the people of Israel in the wilderness?

 

Do you know what he proposed to God after the Israelites had sinned against Him? The people had fashioned an idol to a false god, breaking the covenant God had set before them. Moses grieved for these people. He loved them, yet they broke his heart!

 

I cried with him, as I pondered that day. I put myself in his dusty sandals. I walked with him down the mountain, considering the awe-inspiring time he had just had with the Father! I gazed into his face, feeling deep sorrow for him, knowing that he was stunned and mortified to see the beloved people of God running wild and shouting devotion to a golden image. Poor Moses -- standing there with the precious tablets of God cradled in his arms.

 

"What now?!" he must have thought. He knew that judgment would fall upon the guilty ones…

 

The next day Moses said to the people, "You have committed a great sin.
But now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin."
So Moses went back to the Lord and said, "Oh, what a great sin these people have committed!
They have made themselves gods of gold.
But now, please forgive their sin -- but if not, then blot ME out of the book you have written."

Exodus 32:31-32


Can you believe it?! Moses was willing to sacrifice his own eternal destiny for that of his people -- for God's people! He was willing to take their place. His emotions ran high that day. Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13) I can truly identify with that emotion. I can live Moses' pain! I can cry it out and appeal to a just God, as I consider my sins and the sins of my own children. By God's design, I understand that kind of love. I, too, would sacrifice myself to see them embrace an eternity with the Father.

 

(Read the rest of chapter 32 to discover God's perfect response to His servant Moses and to His own people.)

 

Since we are on the subject of feeling pain over our children's eternal destiny, have you ever considered David's emotions regarding his son Absalom?

 

King David asked the Cushite, "Is the young man Absalom safe?"
The Cushite replied, "May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rise up to harm you
be like that young man."
The king was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said,
"O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you -- O Absalom, my son, my son!"

II Samuel 18:32-33


Have you ever loved someone so entirely much that you would give your life in his/her place? David's grief over a son who truly despised him brings tears to my eyes every time I read the words. I've knelt beside David as he grieved. Why? Because I know. I've lived it. I understand it.

 

Sorrow isn't the only emotion God demonstrates in His Word. What about the joy of Hannah, and of Mary, at receiving great blessings from God?

 

I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him!
So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.
Then Hannah prayed and said:
"My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high!"
I Samuel 1-2


And Mary said:
"My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…"

Luke 1:46-47


Have you ever lived this kind of joy -- this kind of praise toward the Father? Has your heart ever been so full inside of you that you couldn't contain the joy? Do you remember His great blessings? Sometimes it's easy to forget -- to grow cold to God's warming presence and continued sustenance.

 

But living it through God's Word brings renewal, refreshment, rejoicing!

 

Do it! Ponder the emotions of the people of the Bible. Dance with Mary! Cry with Jacob! Intercede with Stephen! True, this is a study that may take you awhile. But it is a journey worth taking. When you lose yourself in His Words, you will find yourself again, in His healing, His love, His plan. God wrote these words of emotion so that you can read them, understand them, live them.

 

There is another way to live God's Word. Wouldn't you agree? It is through His instruction.

 

Take on Paul's words…clothe yourself with them, as you determine to…

 

…pray without ceasing…(I Thess. 5:17)

 

…bear one another's burdens…(Galatians 6:2)

 

…forgive the offender…(II Corinthians 2)

 

…put on love…(Colossians 3:14)

 

…in everything give thanks…(I Thess. 5:18)

 

…let the peace of God rule in your heart…(Colossians 3:15)


 

And what about James' words…

 

…count it all joy…(James 1:2)

 

…draw near to God…(James 4:8)

 

…humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord…(James 4:10)

 

…be patient…(James 5:7)


 

Peter's words?

 

…desire the pure milk of the Word…(I Peter 2:2)

 

…be serious and watchful in your prayers…(I Peter 4:7)

 

…grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…(II Peter 3:18)

 


And what about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ?

 

…let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven…(Matthew 5:16)

 

…those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and truth…(John 4:24)

 

…love one another, as I have loved you…(John 15:12)

 

…love your enemies, do good to those who hate you… (Luke 6:27)

 

…and whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you…(Mark 11:25)


 

Elijah has a strange habit -- taking to heart what he is watching, and living it.

 

What about you? Has the Word found its way into your heart?

 

Live it.

 

Word of God speak
Would you pour down like rain
Washing my eyes to see
Your majesty
To be still and know
That You're in this place
Please let me stay and rest…
In Your holiness…
Word of God speak!
(MercyMe)

 

But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only…
James 1:22




 

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