Last week my wife and I took our children to Disney World for the first time. We have been talking about doing this for several years, and the kids have been really looking forward to it. However, it took a long time for us to save up enough money to do it, so they thought it wasn't really going to happen. We actually surprised them with the trip, not telling them where we were going and arriving late at night when they had fallen asleep in the van. The next morning we woke them up and told them where we were.
The joy and excitement on their faces was incredible. Finally their dreams were coming true and they were getting to experience the magic of Disney. As we walked up to the Magic Kingdom my daughter made a comment that epitomized their anticipation.
Elena: Come on, come ON!
Stacey (my wife): We're coming!
Elena: Can you come a little faster?!
Are we ever like that with God? How many times do we hurry up to spend time with God? I know that God wants us to run to him like children. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Matthew 19:14) He wants us to have the glee and excitement of a child. Have you ever seen a kid get excited about getting to see Mickey and Minnie Mouse? That's how we should feel about God.
And what about Heaven? Disney World is one of the best places I've ever visited, and I'm excited to go back some day. But Heaven will be even better! As great as Disney's Imagineers are, God is better at designing amazing and wonderful things. He has made a place for each of us that will be more wonderful than anything we can experience here on Earth. So why don't we get excited about it?
Remember that this week. Let's treat coming to God like going to Disney!