New Life Sunday – Mice and Magic

Yesterday we went to Disney with the kids. Wow…
 
The kids have always wanted to meet Mickey Mouse and see the Magic Kingdom. It was pretty fun to watch their expressions as we approached the ultimate tourist attraction. Although I must say, I am quite amazed at the amount of people who make the trek to childhood Mecca, because I don’t know anyone who even likes mice. I also think it’s magic, because they have figured out a way to voluntarily rob people of more money than the average carjacker.
 
We debated on going on the day with rain in the forecast, but ended up giving it a try because we thought there would be less people. One of the first people we met in line told us that it was empty compared to the previous few days…I can’t even imagine. There were people everywhere…I never want to hear anyone complain about church again :).
 
While we were in line for some kind of Buzz Lightyear ride, I began to notice people going right by us on the outside lane. They kept saying they had a fast pass. After a while I started to feel like I was in a sort of purgatory for every person I had ever cut off in traffic in my entire life. Once I felt I had more than paid for those sins (sorry, this is not theologically accurate at all…but it’s how my mind is working after a day at Disney :)), I began to get frustrated.
 
Leigh-Ann…following in her father’s footsteps started asking how much those fast passes cost and where can we buy them? We finally got up to the worker who was charged with letting in all the fast pass holders, while holding up all the lowlifes (aka us) who had been waiting in line…and he was trying to joke with everyone in line.
 
I was not in the mood for a joke…
 
After we got off the ride (which was fun and the kids loved it!) we went to find out about Fast Passes. We learned that anyone can get one, you just have to enter your tickets and then they give you a time to come back for the ride.
 
That was way too easy…they were available to everyone, they were free and when we were the ones holding the Fast Passes, they were a great idea. 😉
 
I felt a little foolish for getting frustrated when the only problem was that I was uninformed…which was my own fault.
 
Sometimes in life there are opportunities that are available to each of us that we either ignore or overlook. I would say that…prayer…is one of those opportunities.
 
Too often, we travel through life unaware or unwilling to make contact with our Creator through prayer. As a result we get frustrated and confused trying to make sense of the meaning of life.
 
This Sunday, we will be back in town and I will be sharing a sermon on Core Value #6, Prayer: Individual and with each other. It seems that when life becomes frustrating and confusing, prayer is seldom our first option.
 
I am excited to share some thoughts from the New Testament on individual prayer as well some stories about the early church and how prayer was foundational for their existence.
 
I hope you can make it…there is Free Parking, Free Coffee and no Admission Fee :).
Troy

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