This past Tuesday might go down as a pretty historic day if you’re a fan of movies and TV.
On the morning of November 12, the Disney Plus streaming service went live online.
If you’re unfamiliar, Disney Plus is a streaming service just like Netflix or Hulu, but it gives you access to hundreds of movies and TV shows that are owned by Disney. And since Disney now has the rights to the Star Wars and Marvel movies, as well as owning 21st Century Fox, this streaming service will have plenty to keep you and your family entertained for years to come.
It has all the classic Disney movies you can think of like Mary Poppins and The Love Bug, all the way to animated favorites like Bambi, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid.
For Star Wars fans, it has all of the Star Wars movies that have been released as well as some of the spinoff TV shows and cartoons.
Likewise for Marvel fans, several of the recent Marvel movies will be made available as well as many of the classic cartoons like Spider-Man and Fantastic Four.
And I don’t even know where to begin regarding the 21st Century Fox catalog that will be ready to stream. If you’re a fan of The Simpsons, it has every episode of that series. Just in time for Christmas you’ll be able to watch the Home Alone movies and Miracle on 34th Street. But many other Fox classics are on there, too, like The Sound of Music and one of my childhood favorites, The Sandlot.
If all of that somehow isn’t enough for you though, there will be loads of brand new, original content already available or making its way soon.
The Star Wars and Marvel franchises will have brand new, original series that will be exclusive to Disney Plus. Disney itself will also have new series as well as new movies that can only be watched on there.
Perhaps the best part of all of this though is that it’s just $7 a month, or $70 for the whole year if you pay in advance. Hundreds of movies and TV shows from the Disney collection that can be watched on many of your devices such as your TV, laptop, smart phone or tablet. It’s definitely exciting and I’m looking forward to digging in and seeing what all I can find.
As I take a step back though, I can’t help but laugh as I think about all of those old movies that used to sit on my shelves and take up so much space over the years.
If you’re a fan of older Disney movies, you’ll remember the big plastic boxes those VHS tapes used to come in. Most other VHS movies came in sleeves that fit the tapes snugly, but Disney movies came in big plastic boxes that snapped open and close. If you had a collection at all, it probably took up a big chunk of your house.
Also, I’ll admit to having not one but two box sets of the old Star Wars movies. As a child, I had the VHS set with the first three movies. Then after DVDs became popular, I bought the same set of movies again, but this time on DVD.
So just those two movie franchises alone were enough to keep my bedrooms cluttered over the years. But more recently I’ve bought several of the Marvel movies as well. So while those old, bulky Disney tapes might have been sold in a yard sale, they’ve been replaced by The Avengers, Iron Man and Captain America.
So it’s just really amazing when you think about it that those stacks and stacks of movies that used to take up so much space are all now in one tiny place. A library even bigger than the one we had is now all in your little phone. We can place in our pockets what used to fill up our bedrooms and living rooms. We’ve got all of this in the palm of our hands.
But what’s even more amazing is that God has the whole world in his hands.
You’ve heard the old song we sang in Sunday school as children, but God really does have it all in his hands.
God is infinitely beyond all that we can ever imagine. His view of the world extends so much further than just our limited scope.
Sometimes, though, we think we might have the whole world in our hands. We take on jobs all by ourselves and try to fix things all on our own. In short, we try to handle God’s work without including God.
But instead of having the whole world in our hands, we end up with the weight of the world on our shoulders. We become tired and heavy-laden because we go beyond the boundaries God has set for us.
Psalm 95: 4 says, “In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.”
It’s smart to understand that God doesn’t want you to take on the world alone. He wants you to be accountable for the jobs he has given you, but he also wants you to trust that he indeed has the larger world in his hands. When we start to understand this, we’ll be more at ease and won’t feel so overburdened by the missions God sets out for us as well as life in general.