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What a 2 Year Old and a Mouse Taught Me About Worship

Posted by jon on October 12, 2009 in but seriously..., family and friends |

disney liveAbout 2 weeks ago Tiff and I took Cee to see “Playhouse Disney Live.” For those of you without a 2 year old, Playhouse Disney features the characters Handy Manny, the Little Einstiens, Tigger & Pooh, and of course Mickey Mouse and his gang. The show was very cute and a lot of fun for everyone. I wish I could tell you that it was just something for Cee, but I really enjoyed at least as musch as she did.

As each of the characters looked for music for Mickey’s upcoming “music party” they sang and danced for the kids. It was very interactive as they taught the audience motions to go along with the music. I think at first Cee was mesmerized by the scale of the proceedings. She was enthralled and excited but truly awestruck as well. For most of the 1st half of the show she didn’t know what to. She just stood transfixed on how wonderful and exciting the experience was. During the intermission I think she was able to get her feet under her a little and when Mickey came out for the 2nd half awe and wonder was replaced by pure joy and excitement. Cee jumped and squealed, waved and wiggled, and hot dog danced her way through the rest of the show.

dscf2165Without knowing it, what really happened there was that Cee painted for us a picture of true authentic worship. Her unashamed demonstration highlighted two of the most basic fundamentals of worship. First, God is awesome. Not awesome like we say that car is awesome but the full context of awesome God is totally overwhelming and incomprehensible. When we, who are so limited and finite, find ourselves in the presence of the limitless and infinite God there are no words or thoughts that do it justice. When we are confronted with God the only comprehendible truth is the we are NOT God. In fact, this was best summed up in the movie “Rudy” when the old priest tells Rudy, “After 40 years of study I’ve come up with only two incontributable truths: There is a God, and I’m not Him.”

The second fundamental truth of worship that Cee so gladly displayed is that the previous truth is not meant to make us feel lowly or worthless but that we can rejoice that God is, without worrying about what we are not. Worship is a celebration! It is not the death march that all too often takes place on any given Sunday. We must be joyful in worship, it should be something we look forward to, and it should be so life altering that it is we need to talk about it.

dscf2142In 10 years Cee may not remember the night we saw Mickey in the Macon Coliseum, but I will never forget it. I will never forget the pure joy on her face, how she held on to her mommy and daddy, and the way she laughed. I will treasure the pictures and memories I have of that evening. And I will always be amazed how, if we open our eyes a little, we find truth about our God even in an evening with Mickey Mouse. Cee reminded that night that God is everywhere.

 

PS To those interested I’ve got more pics from our Disney outing on Facebook. Enjoy!

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