Before you ask; I am a Gumby and Pokey fan too!
Not long ago, I invested in DVDs containing all the episodes that aired from 1957 to 1969. When I need a smile, I sit down and watch a couple of episodes from Claymation super-star, Art Clokey.
My favorite thing about Gumby is that he can jump from his life in Toyland into a endless selection of story books. He becomes part of that storyline which, in a subliminal way, introduces kids to the adventures that can be discovered by reading a book. Once Gumby completes his adventure, he returns to his world.
He was once a little green slab of clay. Gumby!
You should see what Gumby can do today. Gumby!
He can walk into any book, with his pony pal Pokey, too.
If you’ve got a heart then Gumby’s a part of you.
Gumby theme song circa 1967
Wait… Is this a metaphor for Jesus Christ? The Christ became flesh (clay) and walked upon this earth for thirty plus years, teaching, healing, and modeling what it means to love God and neighbor. He literally became part of our story! Or did we become part of his? Jesus invited sidekicks to participate in the storyline such as Peter, John, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. They became part of HIStory, nd he invites us to be part too! So, if you have received a heart of flesh to replace a heart of stone, then he is a part of you!
Though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.Philippians 2:6-11 esv