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Who enclosed the sea behind doors when it burst from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and thick darkness its blanket, when I determined its boundaries and put its bars and doors in place, when I declared: “You may come this far, but no farther; your proud waves stop here”? Job 38:8-11
Today we are going to a water park called “Blizzard Beach”. Because you are made in the image of God, you and your parents will be able to think and make some decisions about what you want to do and where you want to go in this park. You will be able to control whether you go in the water or whether you stay out of it. Even though you will have some control over what you do, you will not have much control over what the water does or where it goes. You can decide, “I am going on a waterslide but I am not going to get wet and the water will not get inside my swimming suit.” But deciding that will not change the facts – you will get wet and it will get in your swimming suit. You can try to hold the water in your hands but it will leak out between your fingers. You can try to block the water in the wave pool but it will get around you. And even if you decide to stay out of the water, it might rain and you will get wet whether you want to or not. Try it for yourself and you will see that this is true – human beings just do not have very much control over water.
You see, we are made to be like God in some ways but we are no where near as powerful as He. When God decides that the waves can only go half way up the beach, the waves cannot go any further. When God decides that rain clouds are going to water a city or a field, then that is exactly what happens. God parted the Red Sea so that Moses and the Israelites could pass through on dry land. No person could ever do that. When the disciples were in a boat during a storm, they were very frightened but Jesus just had to speak to the storm and the waters had to calm down. He could do this because Jesus is God. Think of the most amazing person you know. Can they tell the water what to do? Can they decide to walk through a swimming pool full of water and not get wet? Are you getting an idea of how powerful God is?
Prayer: “Thank you, God, that You are so strong and that You love us. When ever I see water, please remind me of how powerful you are so that I will always be able to put my trust in You. Amen.”
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:11
Walt Disney often took his daughters, Diane and Sharon, to carnivals and amusement parks when they were children. He was concerned that most were dirty and not particularly safe so he set out to create a clean safe place where parents and children could enjoy themselves. His love for his daughters prompted him to make something better and more wonderful than any of the carnivals in existence at that time.
We came to Disney World because we love you very much and wanted to do something very special together. I know that we will treasure our memories here together and this trip is meant to be a very special gift to you.
But God loves us even more than we could ever love each other and His gifts to us are even more amazing than anything you will see today. Before we were even born, Jesus was sent to give us the gift of salvation. The Holy Spirit was sent as the gift of God’s presence in our lives every day, and we know that Heaven will be more beautiful and wonderful than anything we could hope for or imagine. Those are big gifts. God fills our lives with gifts of all sizes – from pets, to the food we eat, to friends, and family; we know that:
Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning. James 1:17
I hope our day in the Magic Kingdom reminds you of all the wonderful gifts God has given you and will give you as you live the rest of your life serving Him.
Prayer: Thank you, Heavenly Father, for all of the good gifts you give us – especially for the gift of salvation through Jesus. Please be with us today and teach us to recognize your blessings in our lives. Amen.
So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen; for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18
Today, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we are going to see some demonstrations of how movie and television producers can make things appear to happen. You might see how a small model of ship can appear to be a large Navy ship engaged in a sea battle. You might also see how stunt men and women perform crashes and action scenes to make a movie’s action appear believable. You will learn that we cannot always trust our eyes and ears to tell us what is real
The Bible tells us that there are some very real, very important things that we cannot see. We cannot see the Holy Spirit but He is very real. We cannot see Heaven or find it on a map but the Bible assures us that Jesus is there, preparing a place for us. The Israelites often lost faith and made horrible decisions because they feared enemies they could see, rather than trusting the invisible God who had led them into the Promise Land and made them victorious time and time again.
What’s worse, the devil doesn’t want people to see the things that God has done for us. The Bible says:
The god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4
When the problems you face in life cause you to doubt the power of God, who you cannot see, remember that today you learned that we cannot always trust our own eyes. Remember to put your trust in the God you know and who has shown Himself faithful to you.
For we walk by faith, not by sight-2 Corinthians 5:7
Prayer: Dear Lord, please use the things we see today to remind us to put our faith and our hope in you no matter what our situation looks like. We know that You are good and that You are strong. Amen.
(for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the casting down of strongholds), casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ; 2 Corinthians 10: 4 & 5
Tonight we are going to see “Fantasmic!”. This exciting story shows what happens when Mickey Mouse lets his imagination run away with him. Some of the things that he imagines will scare him silly but the villains and monsters he sees are not real. They are just made up stories.
Sometimes we let our imaginations get the best of us too. Some small children are afraid of the dark because they imagine monsters or something scary that they cannot see. Older kids sometimes imagine that people think their clothes or hair is weird. Moms and Dads let there imaginations get the best of them too sometimes. We worry that some of the silliest, most unlikely things might happen to the children we love so much. When we are controlled by our imaginations, we are not able to walk in the peace of God or the truth of His word.
Bible says that we can take hold of our imagination and shine the truth of God’s word on our worries. John 8:32 says:
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
When you watch “Fantasmic” tonight, decide whether you want to be controlled by your imagine or to walk in the freedom that comes from God’s truth.
Prayer: Dear Lord, teach us to walk in your truth. We want to walk by faith and not by sight. Please use Fantasmic! to remind us that we do not have to be controlled by our fears because you are in control of everything that happens. Amen
From one man He has made every nation of men to live all over the earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live, so that they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. Acts 17:26 & 27
Today we will be seeing eleven countries on four different continents represented in the World Showcase in Epcot. Even though the buildings, traditions, and even the appearance of the people from these countries are different; the Bible tells us that He has placed each country where it is and each person where they are for the very same reason…so that they can try to find God. Sometimes rich, powerful, or famous people have body guards and live in homes behind walls so that people cannot find them or touch them but God isn’t like that. Isn’t it wonderful that God wants us to find Him and know Him?
Young people from each of the countries represented in the World Showcase pavilions have come to Florida for a year to work here and to teach us about their country. They’ve also come to learn about America. Do you think God brought them here so that they might also learn about Him? Do you think God wants us to help them learn about Him?
And what about you? Did God put you in your family, in your town, and in your country for a reason? Does He want you to find Him and know Him better every day? Is He close by, waiting for you? Does He love you?
As you walk around Epcot today, try to think about how amazing it is that God made each nation and about how much He loves each and every one of us. And then, you can tell Him how happy you are that He helped you find Him. It sounds like He is just waiting to hear from you.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You that You are helping us to know You. Please teach us to see other people and nations through Your eyes. Amen.
Today we will see some amazing examples of God’s creation as we visit the Animal Kingdom. Think about it – no human being has ever been able to create a single animal. Artists have to study hard to learn how to even accurately draw or paint a copy of the animals God made. Scientists studied for a long time to learn to make copies of animals using a method called cloning. Some scientists in England were able to clone a sheep and they named it Dolly. But they did not create a new kind of animal…all they could do is make a copy. God, however, started with nothing and – in just a week – made everything. What is even more amazing – He did not stop with one kind of tree, one kind of flower, one kind of animal, or one kind of person. His creation is full of different shapes, colors, and sizes. Is it any wonder that the Bible begins by telling us the amazing account of God creating everything. This part tells of God making all the different kinds of animals:
Then God said, “Let the earth produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that crawl, and the wildlife of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. So God made the wildlife of the earth according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and creatures that crawl on the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:24 & 25
In the middle of the Bible, God is still being praised because of the great things He created.
How countless are Your works, Lord!
In wisdom You have made them all;
the earth is full of Your creatures. Psalm 104:24
You alone are the Lord.
You created the heavens,
the highest heavens with all their host,
the earth and all that is on it,
the seas and all that is in them.
You give life to all of them,
and the heavenly host worships You. Nehemiah 9:6
Then, in the very last chapter of the Bible, we see that God is still being praised for having the power to create life.
“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” Revelation 4:11
We should also remember to praise God for all of the wonderful things He has made and done in the beginning, middle, and end of our day and in the beginning, middle, and end of our lives.
Prayer: “Thank you, God, for all of the wonderful things that we are going to see today. When I see a beautiful flower or a special animal, please let it remind me of how amazing You are. Amen.”