I saved Dopey for last in my list of lessons from the Seven Dwarfs. He is my favorite. I don’t really know why but for some reason I can’t look at him without smiling from the inside out. There is just something about those big eyes, hat and ears!
I don’t know how he got his name. Maybe he was what we would call simple minded, slow witted, etc. But, to me, he appeared to have things in proper perspective. Often we shy away from people like Dopey. Sometimes we even overlook their contributions (shame on us if we do). God’s Word tells us a bit about what we would consider the “foolish” among us.
1 Corinthians 1:27 “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”
1 Corinthians 2:14 “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him and he cannot understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”
I’ve heard over and over that God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called. We just have to be available. Dopey was. He was willing to help when and where he was needed. He didn’t strive to be boss. He simply helped how he could. He seemed to roll with the punches so to speak and not let them overtake him. He did not, however, lack zeal. He wasn’t afraid to go for what he wanted. I love the part of the movie where Snow White is kissing them all good-bye for the day and he keeps getting in line again so he can get a few more of her kisses. Sweet and cute.
Well, we’ve looked at all seven of the dwarfs. Next up – Snow White.
Lessons I learned from Dopey: I may not be the sharpest tack in the box but God can use me to make a difference. God has a purpose and plan for each one of us and when we all work together it brings about good things for God’s glory. Simple things, simple pleasures are multiplied when we appreciate and share them with others.