“All those who make no-god idols don’t amount to a thing, and what they work so hard at making is nothing. Their little puppet-gods see nothing and know nothing…” Isaiah 44:9,10
My friend, Frank, is a marionette puppeteer who spent three years in Germany as a missionary through marionette productions for children and adults. Marionette puppets come alive by handling a wooden paddle with strings attached to various parts of the moveable wooden body. The facial expression is painted on to match their personality. I learned to handle a marionette last winter by helping to perform the Christmas Story. It’s not easy to manipulate wood, clay, and fabric to make the audience believe the puppet is performing. At one point when the multitude of angels appeared in the sky, I lost control of the prop and the Angels fell to the floor. Frank swooped down and launched them back into the sky. The audience loved the humanness of the production.
Puppetry is a manipulation of an inanimate object. In Isaiah 44, Isaiah refers to puppet-gods who see nothing and know nothing–an idol in which nothing good happens. Often people become puppets by a man or woman handler who wants to control every limb, action, and word spoken. If one finds themself in this position, where the only time they can walk or talk is when someone else is controlling their life, it’s time to cut the strings and move on.
Lord, help us to never lose control of who you meant for us to become. Amen.