One of the most beloved movies of all time is The Wizard of Oz. Americans of all ages thrill at the adventures of the young orphan from Kansas named Dorothy and her little dog Toto too.
Unhappy with her black-and-white life, Dorothy longs for an adventure somewhere over the rainbow. One day a tornado rips Dorothy’s ramshackled farmhouse from the ground and carries it into the colorful Land of Oz. Dorthy sets out to find the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz; he alone has the power to get her home. Empowered in her journey by the ruby red slippers in which she stand, she soon finds herself at a crossroads. She must decide which arm of the yellow brick road to follow.
While pondering her decision, she realizes that the Scarecrow in the corn field is alive. Though he claims to lack a brain, Scarecrow is full of sage advice. An immediate and deep bond forms between the two characters as if they had known each other all of their lives.
But how would that be possible? Dorothy wasn’t there when the Scarecrow was stuffed with straw. Nor was she there when her new-found friend was hung from the stick at the center of the cornfield. The singing, dancing scarecrow certainly wasn’t from the farmlands of middle America.
The two – with the help of the heart-broken Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion – battle flying monkeys, a wicked witch seeking to remove Dorothy from the powerful slippers, apple-throwing trees, and lions, and tigers, and bears. Oh my! The new friends are willing to sacrifice life and limb to save the others. Despite differences and dangers, Dorothy and the Scarecrow discover the blessing of true and intimate friendship.
How wonderful it is in this adventure of life to find a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).