Sophia and Jesus

If you have not yet met Sophia the 1st, you don’t know what you’re missing!

Sophia is the latest and youngest Disney princess technically a Disney Junior princess (up until Sophia, all Disney princesses were adults).

The short version of her story is this:

Sophia’s mom (Miranda) marries the widower King (Roland II) and moves with Sophia to the castle to start a Brady Bunch like family (her one daughter plus Roland’s 2 children: Amber and James).

Sophia and her new siblings attend Royal Prep, an academy just for Royals; where she is tutored by Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather (familiar to anyone who goes all the way back to Sleeping Beauty).

Each show highlights a different character quality and Sophia’s journey to learn that trait in the context of a Royal family.

My granddaughter and I were watching another episode today!

[NOTE: I was introduced to the show by my sweet granddaughter and only watch episodes in her company – just to be clear]

In today’s episode, Sophia enters a pet contest (again, just for Royals) with her rabbit, Clover.

[Oh, I forgot the mention, when Sophia joined the fam, her new dad gave her the Magic Amulet of Avalor which allows her to talk to animals. So, Clover is not really a pet, he is her best friend.]

Sophia’s motivation to enter the contest (other than some place where an invitation meets a dare, courtesy of Amber) was to win in order to ride high atop the parade float!

[ANOTHER NOTE: Sophia likes to win a little bit too much for me.]

After various judgment errors, Sophia returns to her friend, Clover, and does in fact win the contest.

The episode ended with Sophia and Clover riding high above the village people (i.e., the people of the village – not the Village People), waving that confounded ‘Royal wave’ I learned about from the Princess Diaries movies (and, yes, I watched those before I had a granddaughter).

THAT was the scene that caught my attention – especially today.

It made me think of the scene in Jerusalem so many years ago – commemorated on Palm Sunday.

Here is how Dr. Luke described it from his extensive research:

As Jesus came near Bethphage and Bethany, towns near the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent out two of his followers. He said, “Go to the town you can see there. When you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here to me. If anyone asks you why you are untying it, say that the Master needs it.”

The two followers went into town and found the colt just as Jesus had told them. As they were untying it, its owners came out and asked the followers, “Why are you untying our colt?”

The followers answered, “The Master needs it.” So they brought it to Jesus, threw their coats on the colt’s back, and put Jesus on it. As Jesus rode toward Jerusalem, others spread their coats on the road before him.

As he was coming close to Jerusalem, on the way down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of followers began joyfully shouting praise to God for all the miracles they had seen. They said, “God bless the king who comes in the name of the Lord! [from Psalm 118:26] There is peace in heaven and glory to God!”

[Luke 19: 29-38, NCV]

As Matthew remembered more detail (since he was there!) he said there were both a donkey and the colt of a donkey.

Adele and I have been on a decade-long journey to simplify. It is taking so long because the idea (head) had to move to our affections (we had to battle with the emotions of nostalgia, memories, and the like), then to our volition (warm fuzzies had to become soul virtues) before they could ever become actual actions. It’s just the nature of change.

As a rhythm for life, we have developed the habit of looking at things differently. Among the questions raised in us on this way is, “Do we really need that?” And, if we do, “Do we need to own it?”

So, as part of our Lent readings this year, the LORD caught our attention by Calvin Miller’s question, “Why own what you can borrow?”

It was how he launched his thoughts on the passages above.

Rhetorically he wrote, “Perhaps if Jesus had been a modern preacher, he might have made an impassioned plea for money to buy his own triumphal entry donkey.” He went on to suggest a fiery call for contributions to facilitate this “world changing event.”

But Miller wasn’t finished. He jumped to the other side of pulpit to prod a little as well. He wondered how strange the generosity of the actual owner! “He marked no little plaque which read, ‘Donkey courtesy of…’.”

Jesus rode into town, not on a contest earned, elevated parade float, but on a borrowed, squatty donkey. And he did so via the generosity of an unknown donor.

I am still so slow to release stuff; far less generous than I long to be.

And, I need to be much more thoughtful regarding what I ask others to contribute to… is it a Kingdom thing? Is it for our Father’s glory? Or, is it about me and my legacy?

No matter which ‘side of a pulpit’ we find ourselves on, there is a life lesson in Jesus’ example.

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About christmasandicecream

Grace & Peace to you all! I'm Randy. I am a follower of Jesus - sometimes close up and, sadly, sometimes way too far away. My best friend, administrative assistant, partner, and high school sweetheart all live with me and go by the same name: Adele. She and I are part of a relationally-focused, small group based Church family that helps us along spiritual quest. Our boys are both grown now. We have a wonderful daughter-by-marriage and 2 truly GRANDchildren... 1 boy and 1 girl. We are Corgi people and now oversee the care of 1 spoiled Corgi puppy named Elly May. I am a devoted fan of 2 'seasons' in each year: Christmas and baseball!! At my house, a Christmas tree goes up somewhere within days of the close of the Fall Classic (baseball lingo for the World Series) and a Christmas tree stays up all the way through Spring Training. In between it is non-stop celebration of the Incarnation. I live in the Mid-Atlantic part of the U.S.A. and, among other things, work as a coach and consultant with an incredibly diverse network of churches that make up the BCMD. My Church-roots are in the Baptist bucket of the Christian ice cream shop. But, just because I have a favorite flavor, doesn't mean I don’t like them all! I do. I work with things like soul care & leadership development of pastor/pastoral team members; with small, simple, organic models of church life; with relational strategies of spiritual formation; and with the health of the Church. I taught at New Orleans seminary for a decade and have served in local churches for 30 years. I am currently part of the faculty of Rockbridge Seminary – a new kind of seminary for a new kind of Church – where I also play a role on the Academic Council. *I am obliged to note that questions, comments, ideas, views,... just about anything you read here, are mine, and not those of BCMD, RS, any other organization or school I work for, or those of most normal people. Thanks for visiting. Come back again.
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