Some time ago, my sister and her daughter Sonia came to our house to visit. During their stay, we did all of the fun things three-year-olds love to do. We walked our dog, played on the jungle gym, swung on the swings, slid down the slide, and squeezed through what must have been miles of tunnels and tubes; all of those things kids enjoy—and uncles do because they love their nieces.
What I remember most was the little dollhouse and toys she would play with for hours. Inevitably, she would get tired of playing alone and ask uncle “Teve” to play. There is one part of the game that I particularly cherish. After moving furniture, telling “pretend” stories, and driving miniature doll cars, she would suddenly say, “let’s go Target!” So there we were—in the land of make-believe—driving tiny cars to Target.
Since that time, whenever my wife and I find life getting particularly stressful, one of us will often say, “let’s go Target!” No, it’s not the store we desire; it’s a break from the moment. A lasting escape, however, can only be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He is the only source of true happiness; the fountain of living water that never runs dry.
For this little girl, Target was the store where everything seemed magical, full of wonder and surprise. It’s funny how, when you are three, make-believe is a wonderful escape from reality. Maybe your imagination is more vivid at three or maybe, as you get older, reality keeps you from staying young. As an adult, make-believe turns childhood fairytales into dreams. Dreams that often take a lifetime to achieve. Your dreams may be of fortune, treasures, or fame, but all these are only an escape; an attempt to try to obtain what money can never buy.
For Christians, there is a place better than anything we can imagine or make-believe. The Bible tells us, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9) I have found that even our biggest dreams can’t compare to the ones God has in store for us.
If you are longing for true peace and joy, remember, the One who called the little children to Himself, is calling you to spend eternity in paradise with Him. I’m looking forward to Heaven, aren’t you?