So I just watched the animated movie, the pilgrim’s progress. I will not lie. I shed a tear or two. I had watched a different adaptation in 2013 but I enjoyed this more. It started out with a family man named Christian who was working in a city called Not Cursed and he was tired of it. One day when he went to work his supervisor was doing the roll call and discovered one of the workers was missing. So they went to his house and found out that he had left the city leaving his things behind. He had notes and drawings on the wall that intrigued Christian. The supervisor told his co-workers who went to check on him to get rid of his things so they could move on. Christian took Faithful’s book and went home with it. In the middle of the night, he woke up from a nightmare. It was revealed to him in a dream about the coming destruction of the city in which he was in. he realized that Faithful had said something about that in the book and so he read it all through the night. In the morning, he told his wife about the book and his decision to follow the path faithful followed. Days passed and he tried convincing his wife. His wife would have none of it and gave him a choice. It is either he chooses his family or the book. He told her he chose the book.
He started his journey into the forbidden forest. Immediately he entered, a weight came upon his shoulders. This represented his burden. Not long after he journeyed in, he met a man named Evangelist who told him to follow the path ahead of him not turning to the right nor to the left and make a dash for it because there would be distractions along the way.
As he was running through the path, his two friends caught up with him and held him down telling him he was making a mistake and that he should follow them back to the village to his wife and kids. He refused and told them no. They tried to make him see reason but his mind was made up. One of his friends chose to follow him when he heard what the celestial city was all about as it was nothing in comparison to their city. But as soon as they went on their journey, they slipped and entered a muddy swamp. His friend was disgusted. He quickly changed his mind again and went back to the city leaving his friend Christain struggling in the muddy swamp. He prayed for help and a man came out of nowhere named “Help” and helped in out the swamp.
He admonished him that he could have used the steps but then he realised that he fell because of his fears and doubts about his journey.
Remember, Help will come in some form or the other
On his way, he met the deceiver in the form of Mr Worldly wise. He was burdened by the load at his back and listened to the advice of worldly-wise who led him out of the path to the village of morality towards the hill of legality.
There he met the Law. Who gave him a long list of things he had to do to get rid of the burden.
Of course, he could not meet them not even close. Help came in form of Evangelist who he met earlier and asked him how he missed his way so fast.
The law may be a reminder that you cannot keep the law.
Legality cannot rid you of your burden
When Christain realised his misstep, he repented and was forgiven by the king. He was then told to walk along the path and reach the gate. There he will be told what to do. Meanwhile, in the dark realm, Apollyon reprimanded his servant who failed in deceiving Christain and told him to deter Christain from reaching the gate in whatever form or the other.
As Christian was walking towards the gate, he heard a sound and was curious only to find out that they were winged monsters on his trail.
He ran with all his strength towards the gate and knocked frantically at the door. He was allowed in with the entry words. He thought he had made it to the celestial city, how wrong he was. This was just a phase of his journey. Where he entered was like a mountain which he passed through to the other side.
The gatekeeper told him to run and he would meet the interpreter who would teach him things but that he should run for it. When he reached the interpreter, he was illuminated on what he had read in the book.
It became much clearer to him and was told to keep it in his heart and ponder on it because he would need it more in his journey as he had walked in darkness before now.
Things are not always what they seem and sometimes life tumbles would lead you to the most interesting places.
Look, do not just see. Listen do not just hear
As he walked on the path, he met a forked road. The road of passion and the road of patience.
He went on to the road of patience as he understood what the interpreter illuminated in the book as he went up the hilly path, the burden was lifted off his back. He declared his freedom.
He met the king’s heralds and his garment was then changed to princely clothes. The king’s herald angels told him to go on to the palace beautiful and there he would be told what to do.
In the dark side Apollyon was angry at his conversion and would not give up on his quest to turn him from his path because if Christain succeeded, that would encourage people in the Not Cursed city to go on the journey.
To be continued……………..
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