Gorillas are the most entertaining animal in Disney's Animal Kingdom. When they aren't beating their chests, chasing rabbits, or flailing from a tree, they are putting buckets on their heads and strutting around like it's the highest fashion statement. And hey, who doesn't go 'aw' when you see a baby gorilla playing? Warning: the male gorillas emit a stench when they are frustrated, so don't annoy them.
How many hidden details can you find? Can anyone spot Flick from It’s a Bug’s Life?
“No man can by any means redeem his brother or give to God a ransom for him—for the redemption of his soul is costly, and he should cease trying forever—that he should live on eternally, that he should not undergo decay.” (Psalms 49:7-9)
Seeing a friend, relative, father, mother, daughter, or son head to the gates of death, is one of the worst agonies a Christian can suffer. Physical death at times can seem worse, but in reality spiritual death should provoke our tears more. At least when a Christian dies, we have hope that they are in eternal bliss (assuming their faith was genuine), but when an unbeliever dies, they have no hope. Once they're gone, they're gone forever and there is nothing we can do for them.
We pray, hope, and speak all we can to our unsaved loved ones. They plug their ears to our pleas, thinking we are exaggerating about their spiritual condition. We try, but nothing we do saves them. What are we doing wrong? We are trusting in our ability to save them when only God can do that. The most eloquent witness, the most passionate prayer, the greatest sacrifice cannot save our friend’s soul. Another's salvation is something we can never accomplish.
However, this does not mean we should stop spreading the Word, halt our prayers, or abandon good deeds. We are the tools the Doctor uses to perform an operation on the patient and save them through us.
One of my favorite rides at Disney's Animal Kingdom. How many characters can you find? Can anyone detect the hidden Mickey?
"A man who hardens his neck after much reproof will suddenly be broken beyond remedy." (Proverbs 29:1)
Scientists claim man descended from apes, but if humans descended from any mammal, I think it would be a mule. We balk, we bite, and we don't listen to reason. Stubbornness isn't exactly bad and neither is a frying pan, unless it happens to land on your foot. Apply stubbornness to the wrong thing and you're liable to wish that frying pan had broken your toe instead. The whole human problem starts with stubbornness—refusing to repent, hanging on to sin, and holding on to our own self-righteousness.
The worst kind of stubbornness is that which won't bend. "When troubles come it is of no use to fly in the face of God by hard thoughts of providence: that is kicking against the pricks and hurting your feet. The trees bow in the wind, and so must we. Every time the sheep bleats it loses a mouthful, and every time we complain, we miss a blessing."* Criticisms, rebukes, and corrections may sting our ears but they help the inflammation go down on pride. However, we shouldn't take everything people say seriously or we'd live our lives in tears. Rather, we should sift people's remarks through our conscience.
But if God reproved you, beware. His words are always true; they may be hurtful but they are not harmful unless you make them so. God's discipline is an expression of His love, so if you reject His reproof you are rejecting His love. He who ignores the danger signs and places his hand on the high-voltage box is likely to get fried.
*C.H. Spurgeon, The Complete John Ploughman: Combined Edition of John Ploughman's Talk and John Ploughman's Pictures (Christian Focus Publications, 2007), 41.
On our last trip to Seaworld, we passed the Journey to Atlantis ride and saw a man with a stack of quarters a mile high, feeding them into these machines like candy. The boat barreled down the ramp: the riders looked relieved that they didn't get very wet. Then he pushed that fatal button. Water spewed out of the canon. The riders screamed. Another boat cruised down, but the same fate awaited it. The pure torture he inflicted on his victims was so entertaining we watched it for a good twenty minutes. He only left for a few seconds to acquire another stack of quarters. I don't know who that man was, but I thank him for making the memory that inspired this picture. Now every time I go to Seaworld, I intend to bring a stack a quarters (or at least watch other button pushers use them).
Can you guess who the passengers are that are getting soaked? Can you spot Hank from Finding Dory?
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