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One of the ways God speaks to me is through stories. I guess that’s because I am a storyteller as was Jesus. It’s very easy to connect and teach me the deeper truths about the Kingdom through something I can relate to.

It is so funny how I get an idea to write about and suddenly God is begins blowing on it. What starts out with thoughts of how my blog should be written ironically, God always has another vision! This is one story that was truly God-inspired teaching.

Trying to explain the trinity to someone can sometimes be confusing. We all know who God is or at least we think we know.

Thoughts of our heavenly Father sitting in the clouds looking down at us is a child’s vision of God. As we mature into adults our innocence fades away and because of hurts, we envision God differently. We can see him as a harsh judge, a mean taskmaster, or a powerful deity who is waiting to smite us. We become like orphans never realizing that we have a true Father that deeply loves us.

Now, I wanted to try to explain The Holy Spirit and who he is, but all I could think of was Jiminy Cricket from the Disney movie Pinocchio which was adapted from Carlo Collodi’s book “The Adventures of Pinocchio”. What God revealed to me was there were more similarities to the creation of man in that Children’s story than I ever knew.

The fact that man is created in God’s image is written in the bible. In the book of Genesis it says So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27 AMP) God created us body, soul, and spirit just like Him. God is Father(soul), Jesus (body), and Holy Spirit (spirit).

In the story of Pinocchio, the characters are Geppetto, Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, and the Blue Fairy. When I started to think back and remember the story of Pinocchio the entire movie played in my memory bank. What God began to show me were the similarities between Pinocchio and us. When he was finished I was blown away.

Geppetto a woodcarver created Pinocchio because he wanted a son to love and take care of. He carefully and skillfully chose the right wood for his creation. In the same way, God our Father created us! It says in the bible You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13 NLT)
. We are not an accident but we were chosen to be created. God designed us perfectly and completely in his own image. We were created so that we could fellowship and have a relationship together with Him.

After Pinocchio was made he was given a cricket as a companion that would keep him on the straight and narrow path.  Jiminy Cricket was like his conscience constantly prompted him to do the right thing.

Well God, our Father also gave us a conscience or companion. He is called the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is also called The Comforter. God inhabits His children and guides them from within. The bible states So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. (Galatians 5:16 NLT) The Holy Spirit will also teach us and give us wisdom when we need it. The Holy Spirit was sent so we would know we are not alone or abandoned.

God continued showing me the similarities between this story and the way humans behave. After Geppetto created Pinocchio all Pinocchio wanted to do was his own thing. He was disobedient, rebellious and

Just like a man the independent puppet tried all the temptations of this world including fame and riches. What he found out was that fame was short-lived and the money was stolen right out from under his nose.

Pinocchio also tried living all his days in a carnival. He thought for sure this was his path to happiness. He soon discovered that the longer he stayed at the carnival he would change into a donkey that would be sold into slavery.

We are a lot like Pinocchio in so many ways. The belief that we need to do things our way and please ourselves has been a battle since the beginning of time.

God revealed to me that if we stay in the world away from him we will too become slaves to this world. It’s only when we return to the Father we will know true freedom.

The last part of the story of Pinocchio is the most crucial part of the story it’s all about redemption!

Poor Pinocchio is thrown into the sea and swallowed by a huge whale. While
inside the large fish he begins to think about all the wrong he has done in his life. He starts to cry out and then he suddenly hears his Father’s voice. “Father” Pinocchio cries! Why are you here? Geppetto hugged him and said, “I was out looking for you and I got swallowed by the whale”! That’s a father’s love!!

Our Father is like that! He waits for us to return to Him. He will search overland looking for His children and will hear our cry. His arms are always wide open ready to take us back!

Pinocchio confesses all his wrongdoings and figures a way to get out of the whale. His daring rescue and unselfish acts to save his father bring a change to the little puppet.

While Pinocchio is sleeping the Blue Fairy comes in and changes him into a real boy.

In the same way, when we confess our sins, ask for forgiveness, and ask Jesus to be our Lord we become a new creation. In the bible, it says This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT)

This story is not to condemn or judge anyone. This is to show the 3 persons of God. To show His love, His grace, and His compassion for us!

The love of God the Father, the grace is Jesus and the compassion is The Holy Spirit! Just know that if you are ever stuck in the proverbial belly of a whale your Heavenly Father will be out looking for you!