The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is truly a wonderful story with characters that have many qualities and flaws. They are a lot like us, having character flaws that sometimes hinder their happiness. The story is a journey made by Dorothy and her dog, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman and the Cowardly Lion.
The Tin Woodman was searching for a real heart. The Scarecrow reveals that he lacks a brain and desires above all else to have one. The Cowardly Lion believes that because he is
supposed to be “The Kings of Beasts,” his fear makes him inadequate. He does not understand that courage means acting in the face of fear, which he does frequently.
The journey is a long and dangerous one leading eventually to the Emerald City where they will find the Wizard of Oz. As they sojourn, they each expect the great Wizard to give them the one thing they most desire.
They find a yellow brick road, which is not complete in some parts, even being completely damaged in places by erosion. Sounds a lot like our own journeys.
In another version of the story, the yellow brick road goes through a forest of wild beasts, much like the imaginary beasts we face on life’s journey.
At the cornfield where Dorothy meets the Scarecrow, there is a fork in the Yellow Brick Road. They struggle to decide which of the three branches to take, and eventually find themselves at the Emerald City.
Each of us looks for our own “Wizard” hoping that the Wizard can grant us what we need and want. The road we travel may not be made of yellow brick, but it does lead us to forks in the road where we have to decide which way to go. There is danger along the way, and like the characters in the story, we respond with real heart, the brains we need to guide us, and courage that we exhibit even in the face of fear. May God bless you and lead you on your wonderful journey.