For Christmas, Jeremy got me tickets to Disneyland! On Valentines day we decided to use them because it was a long weekend, so we made a mini vacey out of it. We stayed at our friends place in Orange Country and had the best day adventuring Disneyland with our friends Brittany and Tyler.
Disneyland. My new favorite place on earth.
I think God designed us to live our whole life like we do when we’re in Disneyland. To the full, wide eyed, fearless, joy-filled, exploring, conquering, patient, laughing, shameless, in community, and squeezing His hand tightly through the ups and downs.
Running around in Micky Mouse ears, accelerating at 55 mph upside-down, spinning viciously through the mysterious darkness, and gravitating at 39 mph in a haunted elevator take a whole lot of one thing.
FAITH. The childlike kind.
But maybe this way of living wasn’t meant to be exclusive to Disneyland. Maybe God meant for us to embrace our whole lives, like we embrace California screamin,’ firework shows, princesses, and haunted hotels. Bold, aware, expecting, courageous, curious, with other people…
There’s no such thing as a “fast pass” for life.
As I held my husbands hand screaming at an elevated raspy loudness, I was flooded with overwhelming joy. Not for the ride itself, but for the place that made the ride possible. And for the person that made the place possible. Walt Disney.
Throughout my life, I am relentlessly awestruck by moments, but the moment is never the root of what strikes awe. It’s the people or the places. And on an even deeper level, it’s the person that brought me to those people, or created that place. God.
And I thank God for creating Walt Disney. What a guy. I mean seriously… was there ever a man so inspiring, magnetic, imaginative, willing, steadfast, determined, and brilliant as Walt Disney? I might argue my husband… but I suppose I have a strong bias.
Disney birthed a place that drew people in, and invited them to dream. A place where anyone could come, just as they are, and feel accepted and alive. And that is a rare and beautiful thing.
I couldn’t help but equate Disneyland, to heaven on earth. Literally. God desires us to invite people in, to accept them as they are, to allow them to dream, and to make them feel alive. That’s what Disneyland does to us. And I would argue, that’s what we should do to the world! I think God takes great delight in Disneyland, but I think He has an even greater desire for us to live like we do in that magical place, ALL THE TIME.
And this is what it means to see God. That we are filled with overwhelming joy which is the mark of His presence in and around our lives.
And you know what? Sometimes that joy is fuller when we’ve waited longer. Sometimes God wants us to experience so much genuine joy, that He allows as to wait.
As we stood in line for “Thunder Mountain Railroad” and “Cars,” I never questioned waiting. To me, those rides were well worth the wait. But it did make me question how often have I missed a “ride” in my own life, because I wasn’t willing to withstand the wait… I was looking for a “fast pass” to no avail, so I walked out of line. And you know why I walked out of line? Because I couldn’t see the ride ahead of me, so how would I know if it was worth the wait?
But how much MORE faith does it take to faithfully wait in line for a ride that you have never seen, you don’t know if it’s safe or scary, you don’t know the chances of it breaking down, you don’t know how long it will last, and you don’t know how long you’ll be waiting in line. That’s the kind of faith it takes to live a God-inspired life. A life to the full. Turns out life takes a lot more faith than Disneyland, if we are willing to choose the path of patient faithfulness. So often in my life I can’t see the ride ahead, I don’t know the wait time, and sometimes I feel like I don’t even meet the height requirement…. Yet God whispers to me. “Stay in line, the ride will be worth it if only you patiently trust me in the waiting.”
Can you relate? I feel like every aspect of my life is marked by waiting to some degree. Waiting for direction, healing, provision, transformation, redemption ect. Waiting and wondering when I will finally get to enjoy the ride. But then I remember… Psalm 27:14 “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”
I love how this verse describes waiting as brave and courageous. I think waiting can get a bad wrap sometimes. Waiting for that perfect job instead of just applying for another one, waiting for that promotion when it’s easier to just go somewhere else, waiting for Mr. right when you could just date more Mr. Wrong’s, waiting for healing when you could give up the fight, saving yourself for marriage with you could so easily give in, the list goes on… but I love that God describes waiting as BRAVE and COURAGEOUS.
Let’s be faithful waiters together, trusting that He who has promised is SO faithful.
Dress: Brandy Melville
Swim Suit: Victoria Secret