Thursday, February 18, 2010
8:42 p.m. Today's project was to enjoy a beautiful day with Steve at Disneyland. After dropping off our grandsons' Bibles at Berean Christian Store to have their names engraved on the covers, we eased on down the 91/57 and arrived at noon.
First stop was the picnic area, where we ate our pack lunches, including fresh lettuce from our garden, a whole wheat bun, turkey and cheese sandwich for Steve, chunk chicken salad with ranch for me. With a little forethought and creativity, you can make a fresh, all-natural, wholesome meal for two for the price of buying a snack for one at Disneyland! I felt like the Proverbs 31 woman rising in the dark to provide food for her household--grateful to God for both His vision and provision, and satisfied with my work!
Our first ride was "Star Tours," Steve's favorite. We realized that we hadn't visited Fantasyland yet, so off we went to Sleeping Beauty's Castle, Pinocchio's wild ride, the Teacups, and the Alice in Wonderland ride. As you can imagine, we had stepped into a world of strollers, strollers, and more strollers. But the kids were all cute, and I especially noted the grandparents taking their little ones by the hand--sheer bliss and a pleasure I look forward to one of these years. "Children's children are the crown of old men," Proverbs 17:6 says, and now that Sean's sons Adrian and Xavier are young men, it's time for some tots! (After all, I have four more children, two already married! Can a girl hope, I ask you?)
Steve and I then took a leisurely canoe ride through a miniature world based on the popular Disney movies, especially "Aladdin." Next we headed to a section a forty minute line that wasn't boring at all, because every square inch of the cavern we progressed through was covered with "Old Hollywood" backstage memorabilia. Plus, the air conditioning felt good!
Finally we arrived in view of riders going around, and then to the boarding deck .Suddenly, a person ahead of us said, "Seems awful quiet out here," and the ultimate letdown came: the ride had broken down!! An apologetic announcement was made that they would have it all fixed in 25-30 minutes, and we all sighed, except one lady who demanded to know if she's get a free "Fast Pass" to come back later, since she'd already been in line for 1/2 hour by that point. (Hadn't we all?) The attendant told us that we could choose to wait or come back later; he had no special consolation passes to hand out. Tons of people left, and since most of them had little kids, I can understand it. Steve and I stayed, fascinated by the mechanical goings-on. Plus, we had nothing else planned, and it gave me time to post TOON TOWN BREAKDOWN on Facebook, complete with picture.
I was shocked and surprised at seeing something break down at Disneyland, the Perfect Place, a place I have been vistiing since it opened in 1955! What was going on? Unheard of, in my experience. At the age of 58, iI'm realistic; itt's not like my illusions were shattered. Or were they?
We know that all of men's righteous acts are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6) if not done to honor the Lord in HIS way, and that all of man's magnificent works, buildings and artistry will one day be destroyed, along with the earth( Revelation Chapter 8). And there will be a new heaven and earth in which righteousness dwells (Revelation 21). And unlike Disney, which operates its "magic kingdom" at a very professional level in this world, no provision or plan of God will ever fail!
Our patience was rewarded when the ride was re-started. exactly 30 minutes later. We enjoyed the silly sights and sounds and each other's company. As much as we enjoyed today's escape from the daily routine, we Christians know the best is yet to come! Steve and I will enjoy each other's company in Heaven forever, in the City where Christ Himself is the light!!