SINAI SUMMER WILDERNESS ADVENTURES
SO CLOSE AND YET SO FAR
July 29, 2018
My favorite summer movie of all-time is the 1983 comedy classic National Lampoon’s Vacation, starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, John Candy, Imogene Coca, to name a few. It chronicles the zany, over-the-top exploits of Clark Griswold as he leads his family on a cross-country expedition from Chicago to that holy grail – California’s famed, fictitious theme park Walley World.
One of the most hilarious scenes in the flick happens when Clark and family finally arrive at the amusement park after a most arduous journey. They leap out of the car and begin racing across the vast parking lot to the entrance while the theme to Chariots of Fire plays in their minds and hearts.
They are totally oblivious that the cavernous parking lot surrounding them is completely empty of cars.
When they arrive at the main entrance, they are greeted by a locked gate and Walley the talking, animatronic moose who informs them that the park is closed for 2 weeks for repairs.
Clark goes berserk. He punches the goofy moose in the nose, caving in its cheesy snout, and then proceeds to throw an absolute cussing hissy fit. This can’t be happening after all they have went through to get there! They are so very close, yet still so very far from reaching their glorious vacation destination! Can anyone relate?
Moses certainly can! After 40 torturous, tedious years of leading the rebellious children of God thru the Sinai Wilderness, this old man now stands at the brink of the Promised Land, gazing longingly across the grand vista beyond the Jordan River. Check this out…