Faith & Spirituality

Thoughts from watching The Lion King

When you’re aware of the nature of God, His attributes, His Word (the Bible)… you have a better perception of Him in all things. And when you’re aware, you will see God’s fingerprints in the world— even in secular things like The Lion King.


Simba knew his father was dead but was told he was still alive. As Simba looked at his own reflection in a pool of water in search of his father, a giant vision of his father’s lion face appeared behind him. Rafiki was singing the song He Lives In You:

There’s no mountain too great
Hear these words and have faith…
He lives in you
He lives in me
He watches over
Everything we see
Into the water
Into the truth
In your reflection
He lives in you

The song’s composer might not have intended it, but the lyrics (and the entire scene) reflect several Bible verses (1 John 4:4, Matthew 17:20, John 14:6), God’s character, and Scripture-based symbolisms (the lion of Judah as God the father, Him watching over you, reflection, the Holy Spirit living in you, truth, faith moving mountains, etc).

Yes, we can take and enjoy the scene literally for what it is, but it’s also a wonderful way to illustrate how God reveals His oftentimes hidden self (an agnostic who’s seeking God recently complained to me why God seems to be so hard to find)— He is always with us, even in secular things like a play. And we will learn to recognize His presence in our lives better if we are AWARE of His nature and His Word and if we’re willing to read between the lines and see things from a different perspective. May we take the time to spend time with Him to better recognize God all around us.