I slept over at my friends place last night with another friend. She has a parrot named Pretty Boy. Cute huh?
Anyway, we watched the musical Wicked today 🙂
I really like the plot. The idea of good and wicked. The idea that people base their judgement on others much to do with appearance. There’s the green ‘monster’ Elphaba and a blonde ‘angelic’ Glinda witch who both meet in university. The two become best friends. Ironically, Elphaba was seen as more genuinely ‘righteous’, while Glinda on the outside wasn’t exactly good, rather ‘nice’. Glinda’s vanity, pride and hunger for fame proved it to be lonely at the top when she sang
‘We couldn’t be happier
Because happy is what happens
When all your dreams come true!’
You can hear, through her unconvincing voice. That reminded me of that saying be careful what you wish for because sometimes what you want at that moment might not be what you want once you’ve got it. Fame is a tricky thing. It means to be liked, admired and respected. It does not mean you are known personally, supported or liked beyond being known as more than their status. People may get close to you using friendship for their own benefits. Maintaining that ‘wonderful’ image can be pressurizing, and what may surround it is jealousy and even intimidation. It may reduce trust, commitment and damage relationships.
Elphaba’s expectations of the Wizard was let down. She has heard if you do a something for him, he will do much more for you. This man had great power, yet after all he was still a man with flaws. The Wizard of Oz who has always wanted a family ‘longed to be a father’ but ended up being alone because of the fame. As it goes: Then, Suddenly I’m here, respected, worshiped, even just because the folks in Oz needed someone to believe in. Does it surprise you, I got hooked, and all too soon…..Believe me, it’s hard to resist! Cause It Feels Wonderful, They Think I’m Wonderful
You can see the idea of giving into temptation right there. However, Elphaba did not fall into this trap even though she was tempted. She chose to live life protecting the animals even though her reputation became the Wicked Witch of the West. Doing what is right does not always make your life easy. Elphaba had to give it up:
No good deed goes unpunished
No act of charity goes unresented
No good deed goes unpunished
That’s my new creed.
My road of good intentions
led where such roads always lead.
No good deed
Without God, we are weak. We cannot carry this burden alone. In Acts 16:15-40, Paul and Silas end up in prison after casting a spirit out of a female slave which enabled her to predict the future, for her owners realized their hope of making money was gone. They were stripped and beaten with rods before they were thrown into prison. As they were praying and singing hymns to God, a miracle occurred and at once all the prison doors flew open and everyone’s chain came loose. The jailer panicked for he believed the prisoners escaped but they have not. The jailer fell trembling and asked what he should do to be saved and Paul and Silas replied to ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved — you and your household’. Simple? Not really. At least not for us today. Yet if we were to place ourselves in the position of the jailer, you can just imagine the amazement and absolute shock. At that time, for a Roman jailer, he was given the responsibility to guard the carefully and to have them escape would mean utter shame. He even attempted to kill himself! Believing and trusting in God is difficult, but He will provide.
Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Yet we must understand the Lord will provide us with what is enough. We must understand that what we must hunger is not the materials of the world but for God. He will make our lives rich because we genuinely seek Him. He is the one that fills the void inside each of us.
The end of Wicked presents Elphaba and Fiyero escaping together, ban from their town to live ‘happily ever after’. Rare is that case in reality. However who is to say it will be perfect? People would much rather rely on their own strength, but with God, it makes life richer. More meaningful. Because it is the truth that I believe in and have seen His works in my life, the lives of those who believe in Him and the lives that did not believe but have come to believe. Also, it is through Jesus Christ that I believe.
In the musical, Fiyero leaves Glinda for Elphaba. Elphaba has left the good deeds behind at one point. People are not perfect. Even though there is love, there is no love as unconditional as God’s. That is what I believe in. It is what I have read. It is what I feel.
I also really liked the song For Good:
(Elphaba): And just to clear the air I ask forgiveness For the things I’ve done you blame me for
(Glinda): But then, I guess we know There’s blame to share
The great thing is God forgives, as long as we ask. Out for our love for Him, we will obey.
My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
and do not resent his rebuke,
because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.
Being a messenger for God is scary, but through Him, I have strength. Through Him I am able to view the world through a different lens, through God’s lens. I really appreciate Wicked, the singing was absolutely amazing. The musical reveals interesting themes and aspects and provides new insight to a small part of life. I would have felt completely different if I was not Christian.