I flew into Orlando last night for the Threads Connect Conference, and I am again reminded by I love Disney. And I do love Disney.
Disney is everywhere – road signs, bathrooms, luggage – there’s even an exclusively Disney TV channel here in the hotel. It’s everywhere. And if you go to Disney, you see that they have gone to pain-staking lengths to make sure that your Disney experience doesn’t end.
If you eat at a restaurant in the Disney complex, it’s a Nemo restaurant. If you go to the bathroom, it’s princess toilet paper you see. As you’re waiting in line like cattle, you’re treated to Disney cartoons. The experience is all-encompassing and never-ending.
I’m also reminded of Brother Lawrence, the old, old monk who argued that there was no separation between the sacred and the secular, the holy and the ordinary. In his mind, even washing the pots and pans (which was his daily duty) became a holy act. He argued that because God is present everywhere, it becomes our choice about whether to recognize His presence.
He’s always there, no matter how “secular” the act may be. He’s there at dinner, in the meeting, and in the bathroom. And today, I’m going to try harder to remember this fact – not as an element of fear (as if to say, “Watch out what you do because God is watching”) but as an element of relationship. Of conversation. Of prayer.