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God's Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

By Connor McDaniel

Anyone who has ever spent any time with me knows how much I love Disney World. When I was growing up, this was my family’s favorite vacation spot. We would ride all the rides, meet the characters, see the shows, you name it, we got it done. But a personal favorite attraction of mine is Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. The show is performed by animatronic characters representing “the American family”, and takes you through the changes they experience as technology and innovation advance through the 20th century.

The most iconic part of the show is the song, which changes stylistically as time moves on, beginning with acoustic influences and moving though jazz, and ending with some techno influences. It was written by Disney’s iconic song writing duo the Sherman Brothers when the show originally debuted at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. The song has one simple theme that goes along with the idea of the show- “there’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day… and tomorrow is just a dream away.”

It reminds me of Psalm 30:5. The latter half of the verse says, “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” David of all people understood what it was like to have bad days. He was chased around by his best friend’s father, he was punished by God for his actions and ended up losing several of his children over it, and his son Absalom even tried to overthrow him as king. But David knew that even the worst days were not the only ones. As you go through life, there are going to be bad days. Hopefully the good outnumber them, but they will be there nonetheless. David’s encouragement is to remember that every morning brings the opportunity for a better day. Every morning we wake up on this Earth God has created, we have the chance to make it a great day. And sometimes things are out of our control. But nothing is out of God’s control which is why we can take comfort in knowing His promise of better days to come on Earth, and if not here, then in Heaven, are true.