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Christopher Robin

Updated: Sep 7, 2023

Looking at this scene out my kitchen window reminded me of a scene in the movie, Christopher Robin. It was in a park. Christopher Robin, now a grown man, was trying to juggle his job and family but was not quite succeeding when his childhood teddy, Whinnie the Pooh appears on the other side of the bench. He had come from the Hundred-acre wood through a door in the tree behind the bench in search of Christopher Robin.

There was a lot of lost-ness in the story with Pooh seeming to have lost his friends (hence the search for Christopher Robin to help find them), Christopher losing Pooh in the Hundred-acre Wood, Christopher's papers lost, and his daughter, Madeline lost.

All the lost were found except for all of the "important" papers.

Christopher was reunited with his childhood friends (his toys) and in the process was reunited with the simplicity which should be the trademark of childhood. He was able to enter into the joy and fun he experienced as a young boy and see his current life in a new light. It didn't have to be burdensome and the more important things in life became clearer to him (ie his family).

Pooh often would remark about himself that he was a bear of very little brain. Christopher humbles himself to admit his mistakes and admits to his daughter that he had been a father of very little brain, not because he had little education or knowledge but because of the choices he had made, neglecting and hurting the people whom he loved. His most important papers no longer became the most important thing in his life and his day.

There are a few sayings that are bandied about in the movie. The one which is running Christopher's life from the beginning which his boss affirms to him is "Nothing comes from nothing". One may very well ask, 'Isn't that true? If you do nothing then nothing will be the result.' Pooh on the other hand has a saying - "Doing nothing often leads to the very best something."

We can be so caught up with our doing that we often miss what we are really meant to be doing, that "very best something". In the Word of God, we find the Lord encouraging us to 'be still and know that I am God.' Be still, stop the doing, sit like Mary at Jesus' feet, learn from Him. For He will lead, guide and direct our path and His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

This is exactly what the Lord has been teaching me of late when things have become hard and burdensome. To ask, seek, knock but then to stop, pause, wait. To be in His presence, enjoying Him, knowing Him more. That is the "very best something" and out of that comes guidance, understanding and doing.

Winnie the Pooh may not have realised (or perhaps he did) how attune to God's Word he was.

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