I try to not attach a deep spiritual meaning to every simple life experience I encounter, but a two-hour wait in Orlando heat for a two-minute Disney ride screams for spiritual understanding.
Earthly experiences can be useful tools to dig for spiritual depth.
I was all in at this point. I wiped a chocolate smudge off my upper lip from a Mickey Mouse ice cream as I rehearsed the chant prompted by Mickey and his princess friends in my head: “Dreams come true, dreams come true.”
I knew the rides would be every bit of fun I hoped for, but I was also acutely aware of the seemingly endless wait in the oppressive heat with…so…many…people.
I sensed the exasperation in my kids’ expressions and remembered my first encounter with Disney lines as a kid being a little concerning. My young mind bounced a deep question around that I hoped to once and for all answer for my kids:
Is this what Heaven will be like?
A promise of eternal dreams coming true.
Finally stepping within reach of God, seeing Him and hearing how awesome He is from others, but for some reason you haven’t been able to capture His attention, lock eyes with Him, or be held by Him.
There are just too many people who love Him, want to talk to Him, and hold His attention. When will it be my turn?
How can God have a personal relationship with every single one of us?
Does He want a personal relationship with me?
As the temperature increased and hundreds of feet shuffled like herds of cattle, I asked God to refresh my soul with a perspective adjustment.
He faithfully responded.
My shoulders relaxed. I squeezed my little girl’s hand once more, not to pull her along but to tell her I love her.
I knew my refreshed attitude resulted from much-needed wisdom from God because of the peaceful way I continued to wait.
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
I realized I was not waiting to experience God some day.
He is my life now.
Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.
God is my portion, my cup.
My cup is not a promise yet to be filled. It is spiritually overflowing even while I physically wait.
So what kind of blessings can be found in waiting?
What does my overflowing cup look like right now?
My sweet family reminded me of how personal God is, how detailed and creative He is. One glance at my cup and I see God’s provision and faithfulness, and I know God is with me.
The temporary adrenaline rush this world offers does not compare to the abundant blessings God lavishes on us as believers.
He knows our deepest needs. He made our relationship with Him personal the moment Jesus stepped on this earth, and He wants to lock eyes with us and hold us near.
I don’t want to one day experience God.
I want Him to live through me now.
I want to see clearly the blessings He pours into my cup, so I can spend my days investing into the delightful inheritance God intended for me to enjoy for eternity and today.
Now as I lock eyes with my kids and hold them tight, I thank God for how He loves me in such a personal way.
I choose to plug-in where God places me as we await His return and thank Him for trusting me with such a delightful inheritance.
What blessings overflowing from your cup can you thank God for today?