My husband and I have had the privilege of attending the Denver Comic Con the last two years to celebrate our anniversary. We are just that adorably geeky! We are even planning on going this year, and we are excited! Because of these cons, we have decorated our bedroom with signatures of all the famous people we have met. We call it Nerdvannah. Hands down, my favorite actor we have met was Cary Elwes.
Typically, when you stand in line to meet any of the actors at comic con, they are standing or sitting behind a table next to a staff person who collects the money and asks if there are any special requests for the signature and basically gets everything set up for the celebrity to sign and say hello. That is what usually happens. Not Cary. With every other actor, you are lined up in front of the table and you can see how the celebrity interacts with each of the fans. Not Cary.
Cary’s line went all the way up to a curtain. Perhaps he was protecting himself and keeping people from snapping illegal photos, but that isn’t how it seemed. When we finally were let behind the curtain, we were met with the same staff person that orders all the details. We handed her our “As You Wish” book for Cary to sign, and she placed it further down the table. By this time, my eyes were communicating to my brain that Cary is not where he belongs; he is not behind the table. Where is Cary? Only then did I realize a man standing beside me, and it quickly registered as he turned toward me that standing directly in front of me is the one and only Cary Elwes. And as he looked into my eyes and reached for my hand, he said, “Hello! it is a pleasure to meet you. What is your name?” You heard it, ladies. I have looked into the eyes and shook the hand of Wesley! He was so sincere and genuine as he met his fans, and he was extremely intentional. As my husband and I left the curtain, I was clutching the book with joy, and I must have had the stupidest grin on my face because my insides were bursting.
So, lets walk through this again, only this time, I’m going to tell you what is happening in the fan girl brain.
First you are standing in line. You always have this sense of expectancy, but with Cary being behind the curtain, the expectancy was elevated. You begin thinking, “I’m going to meet Cary Elwes! Me. I’m going to meet him. He may never remember my name, but I will soon be able to say that I have met him! This is the best day of my life. It doesn’t get better than this. It will never get better than this. I can die happy after I meet Cary. My life will be complete. Now don’t you freak out in there. He is still a person, so treat him like any other individual. But I am meeting Cary Elwes.” Obviously some of that is an exaggeration, but that is what expectant minds do. The fan girl imagines meeting their idol and tries to figure out how to control the swooning.
Then you finally are let behind the curtain, and the moment comes where you find out if you are a fainter, screamer, or calm one about meeting your idol. Everything in you wants to shout with joy, hug the person, or totally fan girl freak out, but something also makes you freeze inside and lose all ability to speak to the person. You have no thoughts. You are frozen in time and suppressing every desire to scream. Luckily for me, my husband is much more calm, cool, and collected and could think of something to say besides, “Hi! I’m Megan.”
Then the unfortunate moment to move on comes, and you exit with your new prized possession in hand. All reverence and respect and suppression is now thrown out the window. Whether you squeal, scream, faint, or burst with smiles, you are thinking, “I just met Cary Elwes.” This time it is one of ecstatic amazement rather than expectation. You are thinking, “I just met Cary…. Elwes.” After you say that to yourself a few times and let it sink in, you start calling him by the roles he has played. “I just met Cary Elwes, the one and only Wesley from Princess Bride, the one and only Pierre Despereaux from Psych, the one and only Robin Hood from Robin Hood Men in Tights…. I just met Cary Elwes!!!” And with a wide-eyed grin, you are filled with joy that oozes out of you uncontrollably.
Sometimes, God wants us to give a fan girl praise for Him. If we are having any kind of quality time with God, we should be expectant that we get to meet with Him. We should be expectant that He will show up because He promises that He will be found whenever we seek Him. We should be excited to meet Him. And when we do meet Him, there should be that reverence and respect and sincerity. That is good and important, but what we often miss, is the fan girl rejoicing after we have met with Him. We should leave our time with God thinking, “I just met with God. I just met with God. I just met with the one who holds the entire universe in His hands. I just met with Jesus, the one who died and rose again! I just met with the one who heals the sick and paints the sunrise each morning. I just met with the Redeemer, the Deliverer, the Rock of Ages. I just met with the Provider…” I could go all day. And in that fan girl rejoicing and declaring who He is that you just met in your quiet time, an unspeakable joy begins to ooze out!
Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I say it again: Rejoice!” The Greek word for rejoice here is an exuberant praise, a hailing, like you might for a king. Rejoicing looks a lot like a fan girl. It looks like an overwhelming joy and awe in realizing who you have just met with, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And when you rejoice, your life is filled with joy.
Let out a fan girl praise to God today!