Greetings from all of us here at Serenity Now.
I (Brooke) want to thank you for bringing brightness and light into our lives.
I recently heard a fascinating story. It is actually true, which is my favorite kind of story. Fiction is all well and good but my experience with the truth has been so supernatural and miraculous, that I almost don’t see a need for fiction.
It all started with an episode of Expedition Unknown hosted by Josh Gates. He was talking about the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the movie Wizard of Oz. He mentioned that it is the most watched movie of all time. Considering that it is a 1939 movie that is really saying something. Josh thought that it was the most watched, because it was the most loved.
In 1970 MGM was going through a bankruptcy. At the last minute they had a person clean out a large warehouse filled with odds and ends and old costumes. The person found four pairs of the ruby slippers that were worn in the movie. One of these pairs of shoes is now in the Smithsonian and there is a restoration project underway that is costing upwards of $300,000. Another pair was purchased by a private collector who wanted to share it with the world. One night in 2005, while they were on display in the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids Minnesota, they were stolen. Major effort was expended in an attempt to find them to no avail. On September 4th, 2018 the FBI announced that the shoes were found. A couple of days later they were returned to their rightful owner. It was a tearful reunion.
I found myself touched, elated, and cheering out loud. Don’t you just love it when good things happen to good people?
I think the reason I was so touched by the story is that I feel we all have a pair of ruby slippers (metaphorically) that we are looking for. Maybe it’s a calling in our hearts that we feel we are not equipped to fulfill. Maybe it’s a physical ailment that seems incurable, or a financial situation or debt that seems overwhelming or irreversible; like chains that bind us. The Course in Miracles says: “Hope is indeed justified.” I heard Reverend Bobby Schuller say: “Faith is believing that my life is not limited to what I am currently experiencing. We serve a God who does miracles.”
I interpreted the ruby slippers being found as a flare sent by the Universe that says: “Keep the faith.”