2014 Lenten Devotional – “40 Days of Disney” – Day 25
Song #16 – “Heigh Ho” – Snow White And The Seven Dwarves
In one of the most repetitive songs in the Disney canon, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” introduced audiences to the lovable gang of miners who “dig dig dig dig dig dig dig…in a mine, in a mine, in a mine.” In so doing, the dwarves not only serve as Snow White’s protectors while they mine for diamonds and rubies, but also as her mentors, even the silly natured Dopey.
If anything, their song, “Heigh Ho,” may prove that the dwarves are the hardest working characters in any Disney musical. Often, Christians can become preoccupied with the importance of internal matters like faith, trust, and belief, and ignore the importance of actually doing anything in the name of those things. When Jesus ascended, he didn’t tell his disciples, “Go out believing…” Instead, he said, “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you,” (Matthew 28:19, CEB). Christianity is not just a religion of the heart, but also of the head, and definitely of the hands. We are to go out into the world and do things in the name of Jesus for his kingdom on earth. In the words of Snow White’s dwarves, once we believe, “it’s home to work we go!”
God of mission, your Son ascended to heaven but left the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts. Help us allow Christ, to likewise, work through our hands and feet, so that we may carry out the work of your kingdom with our lives. Amen.