One of the summer’s most anticipated movies, the live-action remake of Disney’s The Lion King, is in theaters now, and for many of us, it’s a chance to relive our childhood. For others, it’s a chance to share something special from our youth with our own children. And for some, it’s an opportunity to hear a story we’ve never heard before.
The same is true for our faith. Some of us are continuing a tradition that we’ve known since we were kids. Some of us are sharing these faith traditions with our families. And for some of us, the story of Jesus is brand new.
Whether one or both of these stories are new or a tale as old as time for us, there are several faith lessons we can learn from this Disney favorite. One of those lessons is that we are made to be in relationship with God and with others. Warning- spoilers ahead!
We are made for relationships.
Through his various stages of life, Simba forms several friendships. Perhaps the most notable is his friendship with Timon and Pumbaa, a meerkat and warthog living a fun, care-free life in the jungle (Hakuna Matata, right?) They help Simba through his hard times by providing him with encouragement and helping him rediscover joy in life.
Just like Simba, we all go through hard times. God places special people in our lives to help us through those times. And just like Timon and Pumbaa, we have the chance to be that person for someone else. We are called to be a reflection of God’s love in the lives of others.
Another important relationship in Simba’s life is the one he shares with his childhood friend, Nala. Years after running away from his home, Pride Rock, Simba and Nala run into each other in the jungle. After a few moments, the two remember each other and Nala is so excited to be reunited with her friend. Even after they argue over why Simba never returned home, she still comes looking for him later.
Our relationship with God is the same way. There may be times when we run from Him or even argue with Him, and He still comes looking for us. And no matter what state he finds us in, He is overjoyed when He does. There isn’t a single thing we can do to escape God’s love. He never gives up on us, so we shouldn’t give up on Him.
Who are the special people God has placed in your life? Grab them for some end of summer fun and see The Lion King in theaters now!