2014 Lenten Devotional – “40 Days of Disney” – Day 39
Song #2 – “The Circle Of Life” – The Lion King
With music and lyrics written by Elton John and Time Rice and an unforgettable score written by Hans Zimmer, there is little doubt why so many people regard the soundtrack of Disney’s “The Lion King,” as the culmination of Disney’s musical capabilities. Audiences are introduced to “The Circle of Life,” in the very first moment of the film, with its iconic shout, “Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba,” to ring in the coronation of young Simba.
The opening lines of the song, “From the day we arrive on the planet, and blinking, step into the sun, there’s more to see than can ever be seen, more to do than can ever be done,” begin to echo the opening sentiment of King Solomon who laments, “What do people gain from all the hard work that they work so hard at under the sun,” (Ecclesiastes 1:1). However, Rafiki’s song is not lament, but a longing for purpose, singing, “Through despair and hope, through faith and love, till we find our place.” Interestingly enough, purpose is found through similar themes in the letters of Paul, who writes, “Now faith, hope, and love remain—these three things—and the greatest of these is love,” (1 Corinthians 13:13). While we all experience times of despair in our lives, we are given hope through the faithful love of Jesus Christ that never fails and will never let us down, “until we find our place on the path unwinding,” leading straight to our heavenly home.
Faithful, loving Savior of hope, strengthen us in times of despair so that our eyes remain focused on the future glory you have promised us. We thank you for your never-ending love. Amen.