(Major spoilers for all of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to follow!)
Welcome back to our Breath of the Wild devotional series! You can find the previous parts here. Each devotional is tied to a specific Captured Memory, so you can read each one if you have found the corresponding Captured Memory. But really, this is designed to give you a series of dedicated devotionals after you finish the game— and Breath of the Wild makes it fairly easy to go back and watch each Captured Memory (or you can use YouTube).
To prevent “self-spoiling,” each devotional will appear weekly in its own post, in a six-week series. This also gives you time to engage with the questions raised and we look forward to some discussion either here on the site or on our Facebook page. We hope these devotionals help your faith journey, and allow you to continue to see God in all of Creation.
Memory #12, Father and Daughter
Zelda is fascinated by the Guardians, science, and machinery. However, her father demands that she put aside her “childish” pursuits in academics to focus on her training on unlocking the mystic power that will let her seal Ganon away. In fact, he forbids her from spending any more time around the Guardians and scholars.
The scene is a parallel to many parenting scenarios with teenagers and emerging adults, shown in plenty of movies. The child, now grown, wants to choose their own path, and the parent has a very specific plan for what they should be doing. Upset about them wanting to do anything else— whether it’s a good idea or not— they forbid the other path. And what happens next? The child sneaks out and does it anyway, and in most movies, the child was right all along; the parent is finally sorry; roll credits.
But it’s different when our Father is an omniscient, omnipotent Creator who loves us unconditionally. How often does God steer us in a path we don’t want to go? But unlike human parents, He gives us free will. We are free to ignore His plans for us. But we have to remember to trust Him, that we are the ones seeing darkly, as in a mirror (1 Corinthians 13:12), and that His plans will have a far greater payoff for us than any of our own.
- Can you think of a time when God asked you to do something that you really did not want to do, but you didn’t do it? What happened? What did you miss out on?
- What about a time when you listened to God’s direction? How was God’s power and glory shown through that experience?
- What is God asking you to do right now that you are pushing to the back of your mind?