Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I, (State your name), am a recovering orphan, part I


Our school is putting on the play, “Annie,” later this month. You know the story…in the midst of the Great Depression an young orphaned girl with personality and determination is forced to live in an orphanage run by a mean, overbearing, drunk; a woman named Miss Hannigan. But Annie’s seemingly hopeless situation all changes when she’s invited to spend some time during Christmas at the home of a very wealthy businessman…Oliver Warbucks.
Eventually Warbuck’s heart is warmed by this little girl and he offers a reward to find her parents…which opens up a whole can of worms as people pretend to be Annie’s parents to get the money (We ultimately learn that Annie’s parents have died). As I’m sure you know, there’s a beautifully redemptive ending to the story as “Daddy” Warbucks adopts Annie himself.
This may come as a surprise…or not…
Annie’s story is EVERYONE’S story…in one way or another.
In Genesis 3, through the moral and spiritual failure of our common ancestors, we all inherited the spirit of “runaways.” When Adam and Eve sinned, they ran away from God and hid…they became “street children”…in a word, they, and we, became orphans.
…and this orphan mentality is hard-wired into our Operating System…we’re all looking for love and acceptance; we all have a deep desire for a home, a place to belong, a safe place where we no longer fear rejection. Whether we’re willing to admit it or not, we want to get back into the Garden where we can be honest, naked (real, transparent, authentic), unashamed and safe.

1 comment:

susanelizabeth31 said...

Reminds me some of Pollyanna (Haley Mills) when she went to live with a crabby aunt but won her heart and then won the hearts of many, including the crochety old lady who swore she was dying. She had that "glad" game.

But do we have to win God's heart? Or does God win ours? I'm scratching my head over that one.

But, I like John 14:15-21, especially verse 18: "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you...."

An example of what you keep reiterating about God's pursuit of us.

Well, that was deep. I must go finish my own blogs I started the other day. It's going to be a kicker now after this!