I know a married couple who is celebrating their wedding anniversary. They have two children and have decided to take their kids to a destination we all know and love.
Mickey and Minnie have welcomed them into their kingdom.
Reminds me of a Saturday Night Live skit…”Deep Thoughts By Jack Handy.”
One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my little nephew to DisneyLand, but instead I drove him to an old burned-out warehouse. “Oh, no,” I said, “DisneyLand burned down.” He cried and cried, but I think that deep down he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive over to the real DisneyLand, but it was getting pretty late. (“Deep Thoughts” by Jack Handy)
Walt Disney sure did know what he was doing, didn’t he? He put together some really cool characters that have entertained millions of children over the years. Then he went and did it. He made the Magic Kingdom.
Kids desire to spend time with Mickey and Minnie, Pluto, Goofy (my favorite), and all of the princesses and princes and spoons and plates and everything else. When a kid sees one of the masterful cartoons that Disney puts out every year, there is a new character and a new princess and a new hero that draws little ones into a their newest marketing campaign.
If you can think back to that time in your life, when you were a child and diggin on some Disney, you would remember that you would have done anything to move to DisneyLand. Or for your Uncle Jack Handy to drive you there!
When we were young, we had dreams of spending days walking through DisneyLand, riding rides, spending time in a land that we hoped to never leave, laughing and smiling and sharing life with those all around us.
But this joke by Jack Handy reminded me of a reality that I have seen as of late. We have been driven to a place that is burned out. We have been sold a bag of goods. We have been told that a reality that we dreamed about, that we truly desired to be a part of, was not what we expected. The reality we have been given, a burned out warehouse, is a false, shallow reality.
We have been put under the thumb of a manipulator. We have been oppressed to the point where we believe that the false, shallow reality we have been given is the end. We are not able to see another reality.
Imagine where my friends are right now, with their kids. Walking through the streets they see ticket takers, waiters, maintenance workers, dressed characters as all the cartoon characters. And then my friend’s daughter sees her…
She immediately connects the huge castle to the identity of the princess she has just seen. She realizes that the princess is from that castle. The Magic Kingdom has become a reality to another young lady.
Besides, what does every American athlete at the highest level of their sport say when they have won the big one? The interviewer says, “So ________, you’ve just won the ________. What are you gonna do next?”
The athlete will 99% of the time respond with, “I’m going to DisneyLand.”
Think about that. Top notch athletes at the top of their game and the top of their sport desire to go to see and experience DisneyLand.
This, my brothers and sisters, is a wonderful shadow of the Kingdom of God. If we are able to see the Kingdom through the eyes of Disney, we may be able to step out from under the thumb of the oppressor and experience the true reality.
You see, we have the opportunity to function in a Kingdom that houses princes and princesses. Everyone desires to be in this Kingdom. We have been given the identity of our Creator. We have been put into a Bride, a princess for this wonderful Groom. We are able to live in this castle-like building which is a strong tower.
May the reality of Christ become our reality. May we realize that we can spend time in a land that we will never leave. We will laugh and smile and share life with those all around us.
And the Magic Kingdom, the shadow, will become the Kingdom of God in reality!