The BFG is a whoopsey-splunkers film! I highly enjoyed watching it today with some cool friends of mine. There are many laughs within this movie, which I won’t spoil. Many coming from my favorite scene involving frobscottle, whizzpopping, and the Buckingham palace.
In many ways, the BFG can be thought of as a Jesus or God character. Having the ability to know the “heart’s desire” of everyone on earth, and being able to hear the smallest whisper even from a distance. He is also very loving, caring, and gentle with the small girl Sophie, even though he himself is several times her size. However, he is not a perfect example of the Father. . . .
How many times are we guilty, of thinking of God as a Big Friendly Giant?
There have been killer whale attacks here and there in SeaWorlds throughout the years. Tragic, yet many of these instances have been unclear why these trainers were attacked, many of them working with these animals and building a bond with them for years. They may have been caused from the animals releasing aggression from being agitated or stressed, or overexuberant play, or even their natural instinct to kill, for are they not called ‘killer’ whales? Whatever the reason, each of these theories have something in common, each of them is part of being a killer whale, a part of their nature. Why then are we surprised when a killer whale acts like a killer whale? Again, I do believe these events have been tragic, yet these animals are only acting how they are meant to act. It is easy to think that we as men can tame such beasts, yet these incidents, sadly, remind us that we are not in control of these 3,000–8,000 lbs. animals.
The same is true of God. We can fool ourselves that we can control Him. Think of Him as a BFG or a Santa Claus or a Budha, yet we cannot. For how many times are we surprised when God acts like God? Didn’t Jurassic Park teach us that we cannot control everything? (I guess not, since there’s now four of them.)
Now, I’m not saying that God will all of a sudden betray us; however, there may be times in which it feels like He has, such as losing a family member to cancer after so many nights of praying. No, He hasn’t betrayed you, even if it feels like it. No, we may not understand ‘why’ it was allowed to happen, but He does. He is God, but because He gave us free will, He does allow such things to happen in this world.
I mean God is good, all the time. And all the time, God is good. However, He’s not safe: “Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.
“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” God is God. You can’t put God in a box, even though there’s so many times in which we try. If we could put God in a box, then we could control Him. Think of a dog, you can lock it up in kennel. Teach it to sit, stay, play dead, and many other tricks, but not God. If we could put God in a cage, that would make us greater than Him. If we could understand Him, that would make us superior than He–which I am thankful that is not the case. For why worship something less than yourself? “After all, he’s not a tame lion,” said Mr. Thomas.
“No, but he is good,” said Lucy.
Though we cannot cage Him, we must have faith like the Narnians, believe that He is good. No, He’s not safe, but He is just, mercy, love, and much, much more. Even within the darkness and brokenness of this world, God is greater. Afterall:
The BFG was an excellent movie, quite enjoyable, and one I recommend to see, with some great themes within it. And though our Creator shares many similarities with the BFG, let us remember that He is not a Big Friendly Giant. Sometimes He is, and sometimes He’s not, for God is God. And we are man. We can understand aspects of Him; however, we cannot fully understand Him, while though this may be irritating, frustrating, even scary sometimes, we can also gain comfort from it. For it only affirms that He is God, a deity beyond our control, and fully deserving of our love and worship.