Dragons and the Flesh

Yesterday, Noah and I watched the movie, How to Train Your Dragon. It’s an adventure comedy about a brainy Viking teen who doesn’t fit in because he doesn’t want to kill dragons. It doesn’t help that his father is the village chief and is obsessed with finding the nest of the marauding dragons so that he can destroy them once and for all.

Last night I was sitting on Noah’s bed and praying for her when the image of a dragon’s head catapulted into my mind. But it wasn’t a distraction, it was more like insight.

In one scene, Hiccup and Astrid (the girl Hiccup likes), astride a Night Fury dragon, fly into the dragon nest and see the other dragons bringing food to a gargantuan dragon. It was this dragon’s head that came into my mind.

The next thought was that this dragon represents the flesh and the other dragons are the sins that feed the flesh. The only way to kill this dragon was a fire ball from the Night Fury dragon straight into its mouth; BUT the only way to destroy the flesh is through the ongoing refining fire of the Holy Spirit.

Amazing the things that come into your mind when you’re praying. More amazing is how the Lord ties things together and how He used this movie to give me insight. I don’t want to be consumed by my flesh and to keep feeding it; rather, I want to be the godly woman He wants me to be, one who possesses a gentle and a quiet spirit, which is precious in His sight.

I think His message is that I need to focus more on who He is, stop feeding my flesh, and allow Him to refine me that I may be conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus. That’s the aim of our lives ultimately, to be conformed into His image that He may be glorified.

Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but to Your name give glory,
because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth. ~ Psalm 115:1

 

 

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