My favorite scene in Toy Story takes place at the Dinoco Station. Woody and Buzz are fighting. And their squabble causes them to fall out of the minivan onto the concrete. The argument goes on for a moment when, suddenly, Woody realizes something terrible has happened. He looks up and watches in horror as Andy and his mom drive away.
Woody chases after for a few steps but then stops. “Doesn’t he realize I’m not there?” Then He shouts, “I’m lost. Oh, I’m a lost toy!” Woody is in deep anguish, because he knows who he is.
You see, the toys in the world of Toy Story want nothing more than for their owners to play with them. They want to love and be loved by their kid. After all, their kid's name is written in permanent marker under one of their shoes. Toys like Woody live for playtime. They revel in it. That is what they were created for.
But being left at a gas station or thrown away is the worst thing that can happen. The worst thing for a toy is the fear of being lost or replaced. Birthdays and Christmas stress you out, because your owner might get better toys and forget about you. Moving to a new house brings on the stresses of being lost. The older and more worn out a toy gets, the more danger there is of being donated, discarded and sent to a trash heap, or just stored up in the attic forgotten.
Buzz Lightyear is fascinating in this scene. He doesn’t understand the importance of catching up with Andy. He doesn't understand the great tragedy of being lost, because he doesn’t really know who he is. He thinks he’s a real space man. So, being away from Andy is equivalent to having an adventure on an uncharted planet. What Buzz doesn’t realize is that he’s more lost than he knows. He doesn’t have any idea who he actually is.
You can probably see where I'm going. We are just like the toys in those movies. We’re lost without God. After all, we were designed for him. Right at the beginning, God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness" (Genesis 1:26). God made us as his children--to love and be loved by him. We're his cherished sons and daughters. God made us his representatives. We bear his name.
It's etched on our very souls. If I try to take account of my life without considering the One for whom I was made, I'm as delusional as Buzz. As John Calvin said, "True and solid wisdom consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves." The more I see myself for who I really am, the more I see just how much I need him. It's one of the first and most important lessons of the Old Testament. Without God, I'm lost.