Today my 7 year old son road the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland, a tumultuous journey through fire, giant snakes, and piles of (plastic, but very realistic) skulls. We praised him for being so brave. His first words off the ride were, “What was it like?” That was because he covered his eyes the whole time. I was proud of him for daring it all the same, and the day will come where he laughs his way through such things. I still cover my eyes in the Haunted Mansion.
I wonder how many people live life with Jesus with their eyes covered. They are brave enough to commit, but then once on the ride, the last thing they want to see is what it’s like to share their faith with someone, what it feels like to tithe, how hard it is to go to a developing nation and offer ministry, how painful it is to choose the road of humility over easy self-promotion. All of that is pretty terrifying for me, and I’m sort of professionally wrapped up in this Jesus-following thing. I suspect it’s scary for most people. But how sad to finally see Jesus in the end, look him in the face, glance back over your shoulder to a life that was supposed to be lived in exciting, wild, risk-taking faith, and ask him, “What was it like?”
The ride is on. The car has started rolling. If you’ve chosen to ride with Jesus, don’t close your eyes – this is what life is all about.