2014 Lenten Devotional – “40 Days of Disney” – Day 23
Song #18 – “Colors Of The Wind” – Pocahontas
For fans like myself, Pocahontas, though well received and well reviewed, marked the beginning of the decline of quality disney musical animations in the 90’s. I remember being in elementary school learning about the original American colonies when the film came out and being so disappointed in Disney for portraying a romance between Pocahontas and John Smith rather than her husband, John Rolfe. Nevertheless, having grown just a bit since that fateful day in 4th grade, I have come to embrace some of the greater themes present in the film.
In “Colors of the Wind,” Pocahontas sings about the arrogant naivety of the English settlers, singing the prophetic words, “You think the only people who are people are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.” These words are not just simple, “walk a mile in their shoes” sentiments, but part of one of the great truths contained int the Word of God. There is a danger when we define people as “other,” typically implying they are lesser than us, not part of the inside crowd, because they don’t look, think, or act like us. This is probably why, in Psalm 23: 6, God prepares a table for us, “in the presence of our enemies.” God will always provide everything we need, and his grace will always be present for us, but his love extends to “strangers” and to “enemies” as well.
Lord, help us to “love the stranger” as much as we “love ourselves,” confident that your grace has been poured out on all of creation, for us and for our neighbors, even our enemies. Amen.