I recently took my kids to a theme park.
I’m not much of a theme park girl; I got stung by a bee when I was four and I think I cried until I was 19. They can be crowded, expensive, and the wait-in-line-for-hours has not been a forté of mine. But Jonathan was working all day, it was my dear friend Sarai’s birthday and kids under 3 are free so LET’s DO THIS JAM!
We came. We saw. We conquered.
Here’s a few things I learned that day.
1. Never forget your sunscreen.
That Florida sun is unrelenting. I was charred… Burnt to a crisp… TOAST.
A few drops of Lavender with some Coconut oil and problem solved. But boy, I was feeling it!
2. OtterBoxes are for moms with small children.
Background: I drop my phone a lot. I’ve had this phone for 2 years and been amazed that this sleek little number hasn’t broken yet. Until about 2 months ago, I set it on a table gently and it cracked. Yes, it was the straw that broke the camels back. And I have procrastinators blood in me so I’ll throw some tape over it and wait until the screen doesn’t work anymore to get it fixed. (Unlike my husband who gets things done right away.)
Well, the day came and Jonathan’s phone cracked too. He agreed to use it until the screen went out. And it finally did. So it was time.
Sunday I had a shiny new screen. Weird to have such a good looking phone.
Six days later, Saturday (theme park extravaganza) it was shattered again.
Welcome new bulky otterbox. I’ll get used to you soon.
3. Jesus loves me.
Not that theme parks strike me as a time to draw closer to Jesus but this time it did.
It was right about the time when my son says, “I want to go to the casa,” which roughly translates to, “I’m tired, let’s go, mom.” As I made my way towards the Big Golf Ball to leave, I saw Nemo: An AIR CONDITIONED, No-Wait-in-Line RiDe with FISH! I’m doing it! Last thing we do before we head home.
We sat in the little seashell and rode our way through the Nemo movie, exiting only 2 minutes later to the aquariums. Joram was having fun counting fish in spanish and in awe over the lobster when I noticed Jet lost a shoe, who was strapped to me sleeping. I just bought these sweet shoes, I gotta find it! I turned around to ask the lady where I could find it and BOOM, I realize not only am I down a shoe, I lost a kid!
Stay calm. Stay calm. Move fast. Eyes darting everywhere, he’s nowhere to be found. I start yelling his name, holding back tears.
My heart was racing. I don’t know how much time passed whether it was 1 minute or 5 minutes, I’m scrambling! How did I know I would lose my kid at a theme park!? All the sudden someone handed me the shoe, and seconds later I heard his voice yell “MoMmy!” and saw these little legs trying to get to me through a crowd. Reunited! Praise the LoRd!
It reminded me of what my mentor said to me when she lost her son. She had run a handful of errands and when she got home, panicked realizing he was gone and couldn’t remember which stop during the route she lost him.
ThaNKFuLLy, her story ends well also; her son was safe and happily entertaining the employees at one of the locations. That night, she cried her eyes out about how she could’ve lost him forever and the sheer panic she felt until she found him. Then the Lord spoke to her.
“That’s how I feel about the lost sheep.”
When I heard that, I was stunned. Isn’t it true, though? The Bible says that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)
And again when Jesus shared the parable of the prodigal son, how much He wants us to know that He is always pursuing us. Every single person matters to Him. Like a frantic mom who done lost her baby at a theme park, that’s how the Father God feels about those who don’t know Him. Oh God, the thought is too great for me!
“ For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.”
“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” Matthew 18:10-14
Praise God who continually seeks us! Tears of thanksgiving for the truth that He is slow to anger and rich in love. How lost I felt all those years and what great peace I have knowing I’m reconciled with Him! I truly hope down deep you have that same HoPe as well.
In His Grip,