Vacations are an exciting time. A vacation to Disney with four kids between the ages of 2 and 11 is off the chart exciting. I’ve been so wrapped up in planning our trip to Disney my wife has started referring to me as Disney Dad as if I’m some super hero with mask and cape ready to leap Disney characters in a single bound. But last night after watching with my children the cleverly designed promotional DVD from Disney explaining all there is to do and see, I began to wonder about our family’s preparation for a trip to another kingdom.
There are spiritual analogies that can be drawn between our family’s trip to Disney in a few short weeks and the trip every Christian will take when our earthly existence comes to a close. Here are some questions to consider.
- Which characters are you most excited to see? Each of my kids wants to see a different Disney character. Their signature books are all prepared for Mickey and a host of princesses. There will be some really cool characters in heaven that I look forward to having my photo taken with. People like King David, Joshua, Jonah, Simon Peter, Stephen, and Timothy. But the old song says it well – “I long to see my Savior first of all.”
- What attraction will you go to first? We do first what we most desire. Can you guess where the crowd will be in heaven? Talk about a long wait time.
- What will you pack to take with you? I’m not taking my golf clubs to either place, somehow with everything else going on golf just doesn’t seem so important.
- Do others know you are going? Can they sense your excitement? It’s easy to find a way to tell others about my upcoming trip to Disney. My kids will tell complete strangers that they are going to Disney without a second thought. Why do we hesitate to bring up heaven?
- How much time do you spend researching the promotional material to make sure everything goes just right? The Bible provides explicit instructions on how to prepare for your trip and the glory of living for that kingdom. Read the reviews of guys like Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Paul. They will provide you the assurance you long for.
- Have you made your dining reservations? If you think dining at Disney is cool, check out what the scriptures say about the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
- What amenities will your accommodations come with? “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard …”
- When will you be leaving? Are you ready to go? I’ve been ready to go to Disney for four weeks. In fact, I find it hard to stay focused on the task at hand. The time of departure is drawing near, you have to get ready.
This planning stage of my vacation has challenged me to consider the trip I (and hopefully the rest of my family) will be one day taking in eternity. Let the preparations begin in earnest; let the excitement be known to all, my Savior will greet me at His throne. OH GLORIOUS DAY!