The Disney World Effect

I remember going to Disney World as a kid. The sights. The sounds. The characters and rides. WOW! It was one of the greatest thrills as a child. Where else as a child can you go to experience something so over the top?

Years later I took my own children. It was fun seeing their wonder and experiencing the same thing I had as a child. But personally, the luster of Disney World was tarnished. It was hot and there were lines. The cost to get in and then eat there was a small fortune. There was the crush of people every where you went. And did I say it was hot? Like a sauna.

After a while even the kids got tired and crabby. As much as we longed to escape from reality to a magical world, the realities of life just kept crashing through the facades of the park. Today, the thought of going there is one of dread.

What happened? I call it the Disney World Effect. It happens when the luster and shine of life begins to wear thin when the realities come knocking at your door

This is exactly what Solomon experienced all throughout the book of Ecclesiastes. Rich beyond his wildest dreams, he had more of everything than any human soul alive. Even the dishes he ate from were made of gold. Yet Solomon reveals that in life, "not all the glitters is gold". And that our pursuit of pleasure and possessions will always lead us to a life of dissatisfaction.  

In summing up the futility of life, Solomon says this: [A man] might live a thousand years twice over but still not find contentment. And since he must die like everyone else—well, what’s the use? (‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭6‬:‭6‬ NLT)

He's right, what's the use? Our search for more will always end with the Disney World Effect. Empty and dissatisfied.

What Solomon failed to realize, and so do we, is that we were never meant to find true and lasting satisfaction on this side of eternity. This world is not our home. And so God gives us the gift of DIS-satisfaction so that our longing will always be for our home in eternity. He doesn't want us to get comfortable within this world that is temporary and fleeting. We were made for something more.

Are there parts of life you've grown disappointed with? Things or experiences that have lost their luster? Good! Let that growing sense of turmoil drive you into a deeper walk with God. For only He can satisfy the longings of your soul.

Lord, help me to not become enthralled with the glitter of this world but to long for the true riches come in knowing you more. 

Mark Canfield