Disney World…Where is the Real Magic?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATuesday was a big day on family vacation…All 18 of us went to Disney World!

It rained on and off, with some torrential downpours, but we weren’t slowed down. We were quite a crew, traveling with 5 strollers, one wheel chair, and 18 rain ponchos. I’m sure several people had a good laugh watching us weave our way through the overcrowded streets of the best known theme park in the world.

You know what I noticed? There is something about Disney World that just makes you want to get caught up in the magic. To leave the cares, worries, and problems behind, and live in a fairy tale right along with the characters that fill the park.

I found myself wanting to join in. To pretend like everything is perfect, all dreams come true, and nothing goes wrong. To be carried away to a place in my dreams of perfect joy, bliss, and fulfillment.

It feels like if you can just keep up the hype, go on one more ride, or see one more show, you will really be taken to the care free, happy ending world presented by Disney.

But the reality is, it’s not going to be found here. It simply doesn’t exist on this side of heaven.

The rides end, the park closes, and everyone goes home. Back to the problems, stresses of life, and pain of loss in this world.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs I walked around the park, I wondered if anyone else noticed this phenomenon. Perhaps there were a lot of real hurts hidden behind all the smiling faces. Maybe the arguing parents making a scene, broken log flume with people stuck on board, and kids screaming as their fingers had to be pried off the carousel poles are a more accurate representation of what this life has to offer.

Just when I would start to get in the “magical” spirit, I would be jerked back to my reality. I got in line for a roller coaster ride and saw the warning that expectant moms should not ride. I went to pick up a Minnie mouse hat for Kyla and longed with all my heart to be able to pick up two hats for two little matching heads. I danced along with Kyla the parade music realizing that I would never get to do the same with Esther.

I realized once again, that this world will always leave us wanting. True life will never be found here. The only lasting fulfillment and joy are inside of Jesus. He himself said this:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

The hurts of this life are real. The disappointments are real. The problems are real. The losses are real. Death is real. And yet, there is one who has overcome all of these things.

The truth is, for those who choose to trust Jesus through all the pain of this life, there is a happy ending. It isn’t here on earth, but it is forever. It isn’t right now, but it is coming. THEN and only then, will every dream come true.

Instead of looking for life, satisfaction, and peace here in this trouble filled world, I look to that day.

The day my family will be together again. The day that suffering, hurt, and loss will be no more. And the day that we truly will live…Happily Ever After.



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