The Wizard of Oz, is by far, the best movie that I have ever, ever, ever seen. Complete with fantasy, imagination, and mystery, the movie served for a long time source of comfort and entertainment during my childhood years. Yet, while I’ve grown in age and maturity, the essence of the movie still manages to hold a sensitive place in my heart. Could it be that there were adult themes presented within the fictional depictions of the characters of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Lion, the Wizard, and the Witches? I beg to propose that there are such themes present within this classical work (and this isn’t just because I want to justify my desire to watch the movie anytime the opportunity presents itself… well at least not entirely because of this). Nonetheless, I’d love to share with you the adult lessons that are depicted in this childlike fairy tail. Take a quick moment to review the Lessons from the Wizard of Oz.
Your ruby red slippers are valuable.
You can’t possibly visualize Dorothy without taking heed to her ruby red slippers. These slippers, granted to her when she landed on the Wicked Witch of the East, held healing powers and were used as a means to protect her. She wasn’t giving them to just anybody because she knew how valuable they were. Like Dorothy’s ruby red slippers, each of us women have valuable things that we give up too easily… For some it is our patience, our money, our love, and even what resides between our legs. Yet, unlike Dorothy and her ruby red slippers, we often fail to guard our most prized possessions and give them to people that are undeserving. We’re valuable and we shouldn’t ever forget that! I can’t help but realize that Dorothy valued her ruby red slippers more than many women value themselves. I think that this says something about the choices that we make and we could all take a lesson from Dorothy regarding valuing our assets.
Wicked Witches are Evil
One of the biggest challenges that Dorothy, the Tinman, the Scarecrow, and the Lion faced in the pursuit to finding the Wizard of Oz was the evil challenges of the Wicked Witch. Despite the fact that their motives were good, they were constantly plagued by the trickery and turbulence with which she held. Their swift thinking and insightful candor, was nothing compared to the wickedness of the Wicked Witch. Like the Wicked Witch, people will also exist in your life that will try to stand in your way when you are trying to do something good. Trust me. They are watching your every move and just waiting for you to fail. As soon as they find a soft spot or a place of vulnerability for you, they will try to take you down. Try as much as possible to avoid them, in the same ways depicted in the movie, because they will bring you nothing but evil.
The Good Witch never leaves
Now this might be a stretch, because God is by no means a “witch.” However, within the movie, Glinda the good witch, in many ways acted as a “God.” Thus, while I certainly do not wish to encourage the worship of an Idol, I would like to draw your attention to the similarities between the two. Glinda, the good witch, taught Dorothy the direction that she should go to get through her journey (the yellow brick road), got her out of trouble (woke her up when she and the crew fell asleep in the poppy field), and eventually guided her through her goal (reminded her that “there’s no place like home” and instructed her to use her shoes to get there). Like Glinda, the good witch, God does that for us. He will always lead us in the direction that we should go, will be there for us unconditionally, no matter what, and walks along side of us through all challenges of our lives. Deuteronomy 31:6 confirms this as follows Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
There’s no place like home
Like many of us, Dorothy was in search of adventure. Her boring, simple life in Kansas was no longer fulfilling for her so she desired to venture to a foreign location. She loved her Uncle Henry and Auntie Em, but she desired more than what they were able to offer her. And she got it in the fictional world of Munchkinland and the Emerald City of Oz. And while the colorful scenery, coupled with dancing, music, and adventure was more than she could have ever expected, she was met with some very challenging circumstances (ie. Killed one Wicked Witch when her house landed on her, stalked and terrorized by the other Wicked Witch throughout her journey to Oz, eventually had to kill the Wicked Witch of the West to get what she wanted). You see, no matter where we go, what we do, or how we do it, each of us has a home, where our roots are. Now this doesn’t mean that everyone who leaves their home territory must come back to it, but it does mean that wherever you come from is a central part of who you are. Running away from it, while it may serve some temporary satisfaction, will not ultimately solve your problem. The key then is working through your challenges, not running from them.