Disneyland Jesus is a term that I have only heard used by my one of my best friends, Cha-Cha. And this came up after one of many long conversations about life over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Give us either and we can talk for hours =)
Disneyland Jesus is exactly where I am right now in my life.
Let me break it down for you. Having Disneyland Jesus is like rubbing on a magic lamp and asking for your wishes to come true. They have no bearing on what trials you should be going thru, they don't know what path your are on and what curves are coming ahead. It's all about wanting instant gratification for the things you want in life or the things your think you need. Having this sort of relationship with Jesus is like only having all of the good things in life with out having any of the bad. It's like wanting all the great things about having a relationship with Him with out doing any of the dirty work.
And that might sound really nice. But it's not life. And it sure isn't how life works.
And so when I am at a point in my life where I feel like I should be telling God exactly what He should be doing and the opportunities He should be giving me, I am reminded that He isn't Disneyland Jesus, and life isn't all ice cream and puppies.
How can we appreciate all of the good things in life if we have nothing to compare them to. And why should we be giddy and grateful when we finally see why things have worked out a certain way and how they have turned out better than you could have even imagined.
So for now, I am going to remember that life isn't always unicorns and rainbows. And one day, I will look back on this time of my life and some of the struggles that we are going thru and rejoice in the way things have turned out.