“God made you special and He loves you very much” — Bob the tomato
A few years back while feeding my book buying addiction, I stumbled across a DVD at my local Lifeway store. Always on the search for something to entertain the littles, the cute blue teardrop shaped Snoodle caught my eye and a love affair was born. A Snoodle’s Tale, a lesson in self worth was my first introduction to Veggie Tales, a christian based DVD series birthed in the heart of Phil Vischer. One of his dreams was to share God with a new generation using technology and some loveable garden vegetables. The movies run the gamut from Biblical stories like Jonah, Esther and King David all the way to the veggie version of It’s A Wonderful Life (It’s A Meaningful Life), Star Trek (Veggies In Space: The Fennel Frontier), and Indiana Jones (Minnesota Cuke).
Through the years I laughed and learned along with thousands of others as Bob and Larry became an integral part of my new Christian journey. Of course I used the excuse of buying them for the littles but yeah. It was just a sham. I have admitted on numerous occasions to being completely nuts about Veggie Tales. I even wrote a post several years ago called Fish Slappers that has the record on my blog for being the most viewed/most shared. If you haven’t guessed, Fish Slappers was about the story of Jonah with the part of the prophet being played by Archibald the asparagus. Yes you heard me correctly.
When I had the opportunity to review a book called Me, Myself and Bob by Phil Vischer, the creator of VeggieTales, I was over the moon excited. Finally I would get to know the man behind my favorite veggies. Sometimes a book comes along that I can’t put down until I am done. This was one of those books. I read all evening and into the night until I turned the final page.
And wiped the tears from my cheeks.
While I did learn about everything that drove Phil to create the VeggieTales movies as well as what a super smart creative man he is (he built his own animation machine in his basement!), it was the story of the dream he had, built, and lost that cracked open my heart. Every thing he thought he was doing for God, he was actually doing for himself. He said at the end of the book “In 2003, my dream died. And I discovered, once all the noise had faded away, what I had been missing all along.”
There were so many gems in the book but I leave you with one from the book that God placed on my heart the week before my own dream died. (I should have known something was coming in my own life the night I turned that last page) “…God is enough. Just God. And he isn’t “enough” because he can make our dreams come true–no, you’ve got him confused with Santa or Merlin or Oprah. The God who created the universe is enough for us–even without our dreams. Without the better life, the healthy child, the happy marriage, the rewarding work.” – Phil Vischer
Now lest you think I am saying that you never should have a dream, please know that isn’t so. Of course we should have dreams and goals and things we strive for. It is just important to remember that the dream should never replace God or God’s will for you. God should be enough. Let God hold on to your dream and walk with him to achieve it. He knows what tomorrow brings. You don’t. If He gives you a dream and then the dream dies, you must trust Him. He loves you and nothing you do or don’t do will change that.
If you are in any stage of watching a dream die please consider getting this book. Or if you just love VeggieTales and you want to know the man behind the veggies. Either way, it’s a great book.
I leave you today with a reminder from Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;”.
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