"The Trip"
(By: Pastor Daniel J. Megow)

10-8-03 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #261
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Pastor Daniel

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Story of the Week
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“The Trip”
(By: Pastor Daniel J. Megow - Ó 12/8/96)

        A Wisconsin family one day decided that they would all go to "Disneyland" together. None of the family had ever been to Disneyland before, but they had heard wondrous and alluring tales about it and each was excited about what it would be like for them. The infant was oblivious to the meaning of it all, but felt the excitement of its parents and siblings as the day for departure drew near. Seeing Mickey Mouse and Goofy was all that the 3 year old boy could think about, and the 6 year old girl wanted especially to visit the castle of Sleeping Beauty and see Tinker Bell and the Light Parade. The 11 year old boy couldn't wait to go on Pirates of the Caribbean and into the Haunted Mansion and to explore Tom Sawyers Island. The gift shops and the arcade most attracted the 16 year old, but she also looked foreword to the thrills of the Matterhorn and Space Mountain. Mom and dad greatly anticipated the opportunity for the time together with their whole family.

        The family had never traveled very far together, and as it would be quite a long journey, about four days by car through many states, the parents planned it to see as much of the country as possible. They carefully planned their route to include a large variety of the scenic beauty with a few short stops along the way specific to the interests of each child. The days until departure passed slowly, but finally it was time to go. Everyone piled into the van with their favorite toy, game and book. Energy was high and the anticipation was felt by all. Dad started the engine and they were off...

        Characteristically, the baby slept during most of the journey... All of the colors and sounds and smells were overwhelming to it's undeveloped senses. The toddler spent the majority of the time playing with his toys and looking at the pictures of Mickey and Donald in his books with an occasional glance out the window when something "special" was brought to his attention... his comprehension of what was taking place did not extend much beyond the confines of the vehicle and the ultimate goal. Being only 6, the little girl seemingly constantly asked the question: "Are we there yet?" She would color or "read" or play a game for what seemed like only a few minutes, then look out the window and ask "The Question." The 11 year old, though seemingly bored most of the time, did enjoy looking out the window at the passing cars and trucks... wondering if they too were going to Disneyland. He loved seeing all the birds and animals, but frequently fell prey to the temptation of asking of his own irritating question... "WHEN are we going to BE there?" The teen, wanting all to think that she had already seen everything there was to see, read her book and spent her time trying to look bored as she stared out the window at all of the newness and dreamed of what fun she would have... once she finally got to the goal. In spite of all of the responsibilities inherent in a trip of this length, mom and dad thoroughly enjoyed the journey... well... all except for the sibling squabbles and the constant asking of "Those Questions". The beauty and diversity that they encountered along the way, together with the occasional pleasure they observed being experienced by their children, were restorative to their souls... the journey was as important to them as the goal.

Eventually they finally did reach Disneyland and the experience was beyond any of their expectations... but that is another story.

We are all on a Grand Journey... at every point along the way we must each experience at our own acquired level of comprehension. And, on this particular Journey, we will each gain progressively, the experience of the infant, the toddler, the young child, the older child, the adolescent and, Hopefully, the adult.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Help me to remember that “NOW” is the Only time that I can be personally With You. It is my Supreme Desire that You Share each and every Now Moment with me and that I remember that I am Sharing them with You. The moments that You and I spend together are the most Soul Satisfying moments of my life!

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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