When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires will come to you
If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do
So said Jiminy Cricket. And he lied. I remember being conflicted as a child when I heard this song. I also remember my parents being particularly protective of us four kids and not letting us watch a lot of TV shows that had this kind of heresy.
Stars are pretty cool. No doubt. But they are flimsy objects of faith and lousy Saviors. And they certainly can’t make anything happen to me, here on earth, bajillions of light years away.
It’s also good to dream and plan and hope. But there’s no guarantee that my dreams will come true simply because I attach them to a new star, a falling star, a white dwarf star, or a pulsar star. And I don’t even know what in the world “If your heart is in your dream” even means.
I am all for developing the imagination of young children. Old children too. In fact, I think it’s absolutely essential that we work hard at imagining. The imagination is a God-given gift. I think it’s even part of saving faith for those of us who weren’t there for the historical events of the life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of the Lord Jesus. But there are always dangers with imagining too. And when you add bells and whistles and glitter and gold like the Main Street Electrical Parade can provide, well, the devil can sneak on in and start to do your thinking for you.
Pray for us on Monday as we go down to Orlando to “the Happiest Place on Earth.” Noel and I have recently decided that our kids and grandkids have enough stuff, but they can never have enough fond memories of us. So instead of giving them presents for Christmas, we are going to begin taking them on family trips. And Disney World is our first real shot at doing that.
We want Parker and Ivy Ann to enjoy Pinocchio and Pluto and Belle and Ariel. We want them to stare with gaping mouths, and giggle, and squeal, and squeeze our arms. We want them to imagine “what if.” But we certainly don’t want the devil to convince them that the “Prosperity Gospel” is the way to go if you could only find the right star to hang your hopes on. So pray for us.
And pray for you too. You don’t have to go through The Haunted Mansion to begin seeing things that aren’t there. You just need to stop thinking biblically. The rut of daily life is dangerous enough to distract your imagination from the glories of heaven and the all-sufficient beauty of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us all take to heart the very reasonable and necessary exhortation from the author of Hebrews to those who were imagining life outside the finished work of Christ:
Hebrews 2:1 (ESV) – Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.