Walt Disney World: A place dedicated to loving on children and their dreams, and the adults that sometimes need a reminder that theirs still exist. It’s a place that reminds us of that whimsical “why not” feeling that fosters our ingenuity. That creative light that can sometimes be forgotten under a worldly shadow.
I imagine heaven will be to me, how Disney World is to a 6 year old walking through the gates, emerging onto Main Street USA for the very first time. That amount of joy magnified to the likes of the Lord’s kingdom just…holy smokes. It gives me such butterflies in my stomach.
Disney is in the details, so is our God. He’s in the cool breeze against our faces, the glory drops of summer rain, a friendly greeting, the people we meet; He’s everywhere doing the little things to make us smile. He wants to wow us. He loves putting the small things in our lives and LOVES when we take notice of them and rejoice.
When I was little, Disney World was about the rides. It was about the big picture and getting to see every character and the electrical parade. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely still don’t want to miss any of those things, but now that I’m older, I’ve really come to appreciate the little details, the intricate everything that makes Disney World what it is, because they dare to go the extra extra mile.
These are the gates to the new addition to Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland. At first glance they look like your run of the mill castle walls, but if you look closer you’ll see that the imagineers have added a few minor details for anyone who stops to take a closer look.
BIG PICTURE: ZOOM…IT GETS EVEN BETTER
When I was inspired to write this blog I was on my third hour in Magic Kingdom without even having ridden a ride and without any plans to. On my second day of my three day hopper pass I felt like an insider, like I lived in Cinderella’s castle free to come and go as I pleased. The truth was I simply enjoyed BEING there, sitting and drinking an iced coffee while I watched the parade on Main Street USA (twice) and the welcome party at the castle (perhaps also twice). I’ll admit that the reason behind my initial venture there was inspired by the lovely Bob Goff, who has made himself an office on Tom Sawyer island at Disneyland. I had work for a class I was missing so I thought “hey, why the heck not do it at the happiest place on earth?” And let me tell ya, IT WAS AWESOME. When I finished, I of course didn’t want to leave so I began to walk. There I was, a silly barefoot girl strolling along with the cheesiest grin on her face. I was lame and loved every stinkin’ minute of it.
What I realized on that solo adventure through Magic Kingdom was that my new love and appreciation for the details and heart of Disney, is so much like my relationship with Jesus. When you’re 6 and in Sunday school, they teach you the big picture. Heck, I had a Bible with only pictures. But, as I’ve grown in size and in faith, I’ve come to appreciate the little things, along with the big things, placed so lovingly in the world and into my life by my Father in heaven. I love just sitting, just BEING with Him, with no pressure to go to any youth all-niter or do a scavenger hunt. I can just sit and be thankful for the parade of blessings He creates for me in every moment. I love BEING with Jesus, I love WALKING with Jesus, just He and I alone. And you can bet your bottom dollar that when I do have the worlds cheesiest grin on my face because I can’t stand not to. I love every stinkin’ minute of it.