Veggie Tales & World War II
Okay I am breaking this down, two great examples: one lesson we can learn. So here we go with story 1: When I was younger I watched Veggie Tales all the time. They are still pretty funny, and if you are totally unfamiliar, Veggie Tales is a TV show that puts a cartoon/comic twist on classic Bible stories that can easily relate to kids. So with all of that being said, let's talk about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, or in Veggie Tales known as Rack, Shack, and Benny. In the episode, they work at a Chocolate factory that makes chocolate bunnies. The boss Nezzi (aka King Nebuchadnezzar in the Bible) forces all the workers to bow down and worship their giant chocolate Bunny and sing The Bunny Song. (See what I mean? This show is hilarious) Rack, Shack, and Benny refuse and are thrown into the fiery furnace of the chocolate bunny factory. An angel appears in the furnace, and the veggies Rack, Shack, and Benny walk out unscathed. The real Bible story is exactly the same. The three men had total faith and hope that the Lord would be with them, even when being thrown into a furnace because they refused to worship idols.
Okay so that all happened a really long time ago during the Babylonian empire. Let's get a little more current: It was 1940, and the German Nazi's had the British and French forces surrounded on Northern coast of France. The British Navy couldn’t rescue them, and they couldn’t fight their way out. It looked like no one was going to survive.The British and French would be safe if they could just get across the English Channel and out of France. But there was no time or resources to stage an evacuation. A British officer sent a three-word telegram to the war offices in London: “But if not…” This powerful phrase communicated to the people at home the true situation of the men stranded at the coast of France: As with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, the situation looks totally hopeless, and we pray God will save us. But if not, we will still be faithful.
Under the miraculous cover of fog and night, in small fishing boats and all manner of small watercraft, piloted by the good people who lived on that coast, 338,000 men were saved.
Thankfully, God protected those three men from the flames of the furnace—and the troops of Northern France—but both were prepared to die. God doesn’t promise to save us from the flames. But He has promised to be with us as we walk through the fire— and either to rescue us in this life, or through death for our eternal salvation (Isaiah 43).
That’s both comforting and scary, right? Those brave words spoken by brave men sound amazing, but I’m a little nervous when it comes to getting my own hair singed. Forge courage for us in the midst of a hostile world. Steel our nerves for long, hard days of quiet faithfulness. Resolve our hearts to follow you in momentous decisions and small choices. Build in us a brave resistance to evil. Then, when the day oftesting comes, we can bravely go in the fire and know that whether we live or die, we serve a God like no other—a God who is able to save.
But if He does not, we will serve Him still.
inspired by She Reads Truth
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