When they began building DisneyWorld, the management team was immediately caught up in a raging debate. The question was how to proceed and in which order to tackle the buildings that formed this enormous construction challenge.
The technicians said the only way the project made sense was to proceed systematically, working from one end to the other, building roads and infrastructure as they went. The dreamers, led by Disney, wanted to start in the middle.
Disney wanted to build the castle first. Others argued it was the least practical structure in the project and the most difficult to construct. They said it should be held for future construction, the icing on the cake.
Disney responded it was the most important structure in the project and the only way to make the dream come alive. Disney knew that often we have to believe it before we can see it. He wanted the construction crews to see their goal and know where they were going.
In much the same way, a fire is kept burning in many churches as a sign of God’s presence. For essentially the same reason, the gods of Greek mythology placed hope at the bottom of Pandora’s box of troubles. Faith opens the door despair closes and fuels hope. Hope sees the possibilities presented by our problems.
Believing is seeing. What we think and believe we do and become.