The Disney Disaster
You can barely sleep you are so excited! You have planned and saved and prepared for this day for over a year and the day has finally arrived!! You are about to load your family into the car and head out on an amazing trip to Disney. After years of begging and pleading from your kids, you are over the moon excited to make all of their magical dreams come true! There is no way this vacation is going to be anything less than perfection!!!
You endure the travel, get to your resort, gear up, and head to the parks. But then...disaster strikes!! That over eager little that has done nothing but beg for this opportunity now stands, unmoveable, stubbornly refusing to even step FOOT into a single line because those cute rides you've been looking at online for months now look absolutely TERRIFYING and your "day of all things magic" is crumbling before your eyes in the form of your child crying and pleading with you form the depths of their soul NOT to make them get on that Dumbo shaped death trap!
Y'all. If you haven't ever been that parent...BLESS YOU! Cause I have been there more times than I can count. In those moments I do my very best to see things from my child's perspective. Those rides are big. They are scary. They are unknown. But I only grow frustrated as I try and convince this panic-stricken kid of mine that the ride is safe, those fears are irrational, and that I love them too much to EVER allow them, let alone ask them, to do something that might be harmful to them. However, my words fall on deaf ears and the fact that I have literally run into oncoming traffic to save them from disaster holds no weight in this moment of sheer panic!
As a mom, these moments aren't just frustrating, they are infuriating at times! I want to yell and scream that if they would just trust me they would have the absolute best day of their lives!! And that's when the Lord stops me in my tracks....How many times do I do this very thing with the Lord? No, I'm not outwardly throwing a fear filled tantrum (though that would make for quite the scene for all of the onlookers) but there I am...telling myself that I trust God to lead me, saying the right words - that He will never leave me nor forsake me, that His ways are higher, that where ever He leads I will follow - but then there I am dragging my feet because I'm too afraid of failing, too wrapped up in the what if's, and I can’t seem to trust myself enough to take that first step.
In those moments I seem to forget the God how is calling and leading me now is the same God that walked me through the darkest days and the deepest valleys. I seem to forget the times He has come through in my life, my marriage, my finances, and my joy. All I can see is the fear-filled "ride" filling my view and there I stand, like my precious little staring at the Dumbo ride at Disney - unmoveable, stubbornly refusing to move.
Can I just remind you today that no matter what adventure the Lord has called you to, He is there, ready to give you the exact words, the energy, the endurance, the wisdom, and the strength to do it and to do it WELL!! Some God adventures lead us to soar high with Dumbo and others lead us to cling on for dear life on the proverbial Tower of Terror, but through the highs, lows, and all that comes in between - He is still good. He is still faithful. He is still God.
So what is God asking of you in this season? Will you do it? As you muddle through those worries and fears let me remind you...He literally created you so that you can.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.