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By Richard Gazowsky
As you remember from the famous Hollywood movie, “The Wizard Of Oz”, Dorothy makes an intense wonder-filled journey only to find out something that you and I already know~ that there is “no place like home”. One of the greatest discoveries I’ve made in my life is to find out the great treasure I was seeking was right here in my own life.
Come with me, for I’d like to take you on my own “Dorothy journey” of sorts. As a young man in the 60’s, my own journey to discover where I fit in God’s big plan had its own unique adventure. Since I was a pastor’s son and went to church nearly every day, I constantly heard about the judgment of God and how important it was to miss His judgment and discover His mercy. I had my own close friends who were symbolic versions of the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Lion. I felt a real camaraderie with them because they were also trying to find the special treasure at the end of the rainbow. Oh, how the wicked witch and her myriad of flying monkeys would try to hammer me with bad thoughts and the impending doom of God’s judgment~ from my ever-present mistakes and also those of my close friends.
Then one day, almost as a complete surprise, the Lord spoke to me this simple phrase: “I am not like that.” As His words hung there in the air, I realized I had received an incredible treasure chest. My heavenly Father was saying to me, “I am merciful; I am not wanting to judge.”
As I continued to mature over the next 30 years, I found myself constantly facing decisions met at the place of mental crossroads. One road led to judgment if I would choose to disobey, the other led to mercy because I was willing to obey. Now that I am much more mature and filled with the life experiences of discovering what a treasure house the pathway of mercy really is, I am, like Dorothy, finding out that there is “no place like home”. Home is where the Lord’s mercy and warm hugs take you to the cuddly place of obedience. I invite you to feel the warm thoughts of God’s mercy.
Richard Gazowsky pastors a church in San Francisco called A Place To Meet Jesus. He has directed the films, “Guardians” and “The Roman Trilogy.”
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