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SEEING THE END FROM THE BEGINNING
Dr. James Merritt
1. Disney World. It is the most popular tourist attraction on the
planet. The four theme parks, The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney
MGM, and Animal Kingdom individually rank among the top ten
theme parks in all of the world. In 1998, forty-two million people
went through the turnstiles at Disney World alone.
2. It sits on forty-three square miles of some of the most prime
property in the entire state of Florida. It is twice the size of
Manhattan Island. Originally, it took seven years to plan, and four
and one-half years to build. On October 1, 1971, Disney World had
its grand opening. As they were having the dedication ceremony,
someone turned to Mrs. Walt Disney and said, "Isn't it a shame that
Walt didn't live to see this?" Mrs. Disney replied, "He did see it,
that's why it's here."
3. Disney World is there because of one thing--vision. It is
amazing how much of our everyday life is touched by someone's
vision. The medicine that you take, the car that you drive, the
planes that we fly, the TVs that we watch, the computers that we
use, are all the result of someone's vision.
4. Somebody has astutely observed that the blindest person in the
world is not the person with no sight, but the person with no vision.
5. The word vision occurs thirty-one times in the Old Testament. It
denotes God's communication with man through inspired
revelation. One version of Proverbs 29:18 says, "Where there is no
vision, the people perish." The reason for that is, God wants his
people to accomplish not their plans, but His vision.
6. The people of Israel were literally at the brink of seeing a
century's old God-given vision become a reality. They had been in
bondage for 400 years to the nation of Egypt. They had seen God
part an entire sea, destroy an entire army, and feed an entire nation
with manna ...
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