“A hundred thousand things to see
I’m like a shooting star
I’ve come so far
I can’t go back to where I used to be
A whole new world,
Every turn a surprise
With new horizons to pursue
I’ll chase them anywhere…”
~ “A Whole New World”, Disney’s Aladdin
I grew up with Disney’s Aladdin; I was captivated by Princess Jasmine. I even insisted that I wear my Princess Jasmine costume when my family visited Disneyland for the first time. Over Memorial Day weekend, Disney released their latest version of the classic movie. I am always skeptical about these remakes, since I am so attached to the originals. Nevertheless I had to satisfy my curiosity, and I went to see it over the weekend, but I did not anticipate the graces I would receive while watching this movie.
My parents were also visiting over Memorial Day weekend. The entire weekend was truly filled with the healing of the Holy Spirit. In one weekend the Holy Spirit was once again able to heal wounds that I never thought were possible. My parents recently made the decision to sell their house in Colorado and move to South Carolina. For my entire life, this idea of selling my childhood home was literally my worst nightmare. That house held everything that I cherished in life. When my parents first told me they were moving, I did not handle it well. I actually cut off communication with my mother entirely, but Jesus was hard at work changing my heart and began to show me a “Whole New World.” The Lord has a great ability of making all things new. Through the Holy Spirit’s working, He showed me that I no longer needed that home because I had found my forever home in Jesus Christ.
By completely giving myself to Jesus Christ, I came to realize that there is no going back. My heart still aches a bit when I think about the things that I will never see or do again. To be honest, I do not see myself going back to Colorado for the foreseeable future, it is filled with too many memories. I know I do not need Colorado or my old home anymore because that is all they are – memories. My attachment to them were only keeping me from moving forward and completely accepting God’s plan for my life. Much to my surprise, over the weekend I was able to fully engage with my parents and talk openly about this new world we were about to embark on. I even found myself excited about the new possibilities. My parents moving to South Carolina means they will be closer to me which means I can see them more often.
The weekend ended with the movie Aladdin, which was the perfect conclusion to the visit. Here I was watching something new, while still keeping the original foundations intact. My entire life is the Lord’s now. There is nothing of this world that I am attached to that can keep me from Him. I am entering into a whole new world with Jesus Christ and cannot go back to where I used to be.
Originally posted at Kitty in the City.