Have you seen Wicked? I wasfortunateenough to see it with mydaughtersa few years ago and Barbara’s description brought me right back to that moment when Elphaba brings down the house with “Defying Gravity.”

Glinda and Elphaba

Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I’m through with playing by
The rules of someone else’s game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It’s time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes
And leap…

It’s time to try defying gravity
I think I’ll try defying gravity
And you can’t pull me down.

Somehow, through the first act, the Wicked Witch of the West becomes someone we can relate to. Someone we’re rooting for. Someone we know. And we start to wonder how much we really like her sister Glinda, the Good Witch, thebeautiful, popular one with the annoyingly sweet soprano.

I recently road the ‘glass elevator’ at Fair Oaks mall and got a bird’s eye view of the Wicked display. A little girl and her mother riding with me had me chuckling. The little girl asked her mother, “Now which one is the good witch and which one is the bad witch?” Ha! It’s just not that simple.

And it’s not. The witch who defies gravity ends up with a house on top of her in the sequel. Unseen forces prove difficult to overcome.

Reverend Miner asked, “What holds us down?” Are we captive to our past? our history? our established way of doing things? our regrets? addictions? sin? fear? shame? guilt? The list of ties that fetter us is long. Can we ever be free?We’re told, as Christians, that Christ has set us free. The veil has been torn, so that we can come face to face with God ourselves.

Moses did. And he came away shining with the glory of God.

I’ve read that we tend to resemble the ones we hang around with. Owners start to look like their dogs. Husbands and wives start to look alike. A twelve year old at Summers Best 2 Weeks told me yesterday that ‘you can just tell if someone looks like a Roman or a Galatian.” Hmmm.

What would we look like if we hung around with God more?

Leave your comments and let’s get the conversation rolling: What’s holding you down?

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