Defying Gravity, and a Little Bit More

I discovered Wicked somehow. I don’t necessarily remember. I heard this song, and then read the book, and then bought the soundtrack for the musical. If there’s one musical I were to see, I’d want it to be Wicked.

Wicked, in case you don’t know, tells the story of two witches in the Land of Oz. Yup, those witches show up in the Wizard of Oz. The story version of the Wizard of Oz is different from the movie version, as things often are. But the thing is, Wicked tells the story of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.

Glinda and Elphaba become the best of friends and then some things happen, and they’re enemies as seen in the Wizard of Oz.

The main song at the end of Act I in the musical is Defying Gravity.

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!

Just the first verse speaks immensely to Christ followers. Once we follow Christ, something has definitely changed in us, and we will never be the same again. There is no chance to second guess our decision. The die has been cast, and we have entered into a new world. We’re suddenly cast into a new world where we may not know up from down, or left from right. We just have to close our eyes, and leap as the verse suggests.

The chorus speaks just as much:

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

We’re called to defy this world. To rise above the influences of sin, something that is very difficult to do. But with Jesus having gone on before, sin has no hold on us. It cannot pull us down to where we were. Now that’s not to say that we can’t go back there. We can if we want to, but at that point it’s our choice, and not sin that pulls us back down. Sin’s power was broken the moment we trusted in Jesus.

So if you care to find me
Look to the western sky!
As someone told me lately:
“Ev’ryone deserves the chance to fly!”
And if I’m flying solo
At least I’m flying free
To those who’d ground me
Take a message back from me
Tell them how I am
Defying gravity
I’m flying high
Defying gravity
And soon I’ll match them in renown
And nobody in all of Oz
No Wizard that there is or was
Is ever gonna bring me down!

This one’s a biggie. Sort of. The main thing to take from this is that we will no longer be the same person we once were. We’ve been given the freedom to follow God wherever he decides to take us AND to decide whether we want to follow him there or not. He won’t force us to go with him.

There are lots of people in the world who follow God and say that they know what he wants to do. I’ve said the same thing myself. “I know that this is what God wants me to do.” That sort of things. And as I heard it put not too long ago, the people that say that, including myself, “better know damn well that the almighty God of the universe told them to do that before they run around telling everyone that He told them.”

There are people who will stop at nothing to ground you, but you need to remember that the God who has called you to follow him will not leave you out to dry. He will bring you into himself, and take you places that he knows you can handle. So, never be afraid of God, and definitely do not be afraid to defy gravity once in a while. Just don’t try to do it while on top of a tall building. Or any building for that matter.

In fact, defy gravity in the metaphorical sense.


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