*Note: I’ve never read any of the Harry Potter books, nor have I seen the movies. Just to state that this is not an anti-Harry-Potter piece, but rather a pro-intimacy-with-God-and-Jesus one.
“Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?” Exodus 15:11 (ESV)
“The (my) kids went CRAZY!” a favorite nurse enthused.
I easily imagined the scene she described–excitable children, young and old, running rampant at the new Universal Studios Harry-Potter-Land attraction. They waved around ridiculously overpriced, 40-dollar souvenir wands, as if training to be wizards.
Soon after, on the night of April 2, 2016, I had an interesting dream. In it, I found myself alone on a Harry-Potter-themed college campus. I inspected the tidy architecture of one of the buildings; it was a dorm. A sign at its entrance was engraved in a beautiful script. I felt like I was in some Scandinavian country of old. I sensed it to be the place where either the Harry Potter books were written or where the author had his or her origins.
This was a tourist attraction for those into Harry Potter. My family arrived to enjoy the place. However, I gazed longingly to the distance. Over an expanse of grassy fields and hills, lofty grey clouds hung low from an immense sky. Such peace and coolness they brought to the earth! It was truly a majestic scene.
My family wanted to scamper off to explore every nook-and-cranny of Harry Potter Land. But to my father, who stood next to me, I bemoaned, “But I just want to paint the clouds.”
He understood. He knew I was *unfascinated with running off to see “the best new thing” of wizardry, enchantment and magic. For the hill land leading AWAY from the wizardly world truly took my breath away. At the same time, it filled my lungs with fresh life-giving air. Beholding the eternal sky was as beholding the Lord.
However, I went with my family because I knew the kids wanted me to be with them.
He who has ears, let him hear.
Prayer–Oh, let not our hearts become bewitched by the fancies of the day. Not when there is YOU, God. The things of the earth are TEMPORAL; the things of You are ETERNAL. “Magic” entertains for a moment, but dissipates in a ‘poof’ of smoke. But Your MAJESTY remains forevermore.
Why shall I be bedazzled with “casting spells” by the power of darkness? Or “wave my wand” by the strength of my own flesh, to “make things happen” my way and in my timing. Not when I can simply ask my Heavenly Father and wait trustingly. For does He not promise to take good care of us? To provide what is best? (Philippians 4:4-6,17) Oh, that the young ones would know this through and through!
Truly, we may enter the intimate chambers of the King—to be face-to-face with our Heavenly Abba (Daddy) without facing wrath–for Jesus purchased us that right (Hebrews 1:3-4).
Oh, to BEHOLD and be smiled upon by the very AUTHOR of LOVE! (1 John 4:8)
And THAT is truly magic!
Scriptures to Ponder
Hebrews 1:3-4 (ESV) says, “He (Jesus) is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he (Jesus) sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Father God), 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he (Jesus) has inherited is more excellent than theirs.”
Philippians 4:6-7 states, “6 Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. 7 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].” (Amplified)
Phil 4:19–Moreover, my God will fill every need of yours according to his glorious wealth, in union with the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). (CJB)
An interesting thing on the origins of the word “fascinate.”
*Fascinate–“1590- 1600; < Latin fascinātus, past participle of fascināre to bewitch, cast a spell on, verbal derivative of fascinum evil spell, bewitchment” <http://www.dictionary.com/browse/fascinate, April 10, 2016>
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