All together now:
And they lived happily ever after... sigh...the words of our youth.
Recently it has been in my head, "What if they don't live happily ever after?" This is not because I am having marriage issues. This is very different from that. The question comes from the idea that God initially intended for us to live happily ever after, WITH HIM! When man was created it was to be in relationship with God. Then the fall of man occured and now we live in a world where the fairy tale will never happen. I know people that seem to have the fairy tale. They met and married the love of their life early on, they had the big fairy tale wedding, they have the house, the money, the jobs, the perfect kids dressed in perfect clothes. Guess what? This life is not perfect. Their husband still farts, I promise! Their kids throw fits, they feel like the worst mom ever some days. AND they do not have that perfect Garden of Eve relationship with God. So why do we put ourselves through this pressure, the pressure of the perfect fairy tale life. The husband that walks through the door with flowers. The children that play quietly while we fix dinner. The friends that call when they are supposed to tell us how great of a mom we are! In some cases our fairy tale would be to actually find a husband, or to be able to have children, or to not loose our child to an illness, or to have our husband choose to be faithful to us. Everyone's fairy tale image is different. Ladies, fairy tale by definition is imaginary! Did you know that the acutal definition of fairy tale is: something of folklore, an imiginary story. We pretty much set ourselves and our daughters up for failure when we make them think that a prince is going to ride up on a horse and save them from their terrible life! UNLESS, that Prince just happens to be Jesus...stay with me on this.
Read Revelations 19:11-21 with me:
The Heavenly Warrior Defeats the Beast11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”[a] He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
king of kings and lord of lords.
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.”
19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army. 20 But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. 21 The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.
You see what I'm saying here friends. There is a Prince, actually A KING, who came to save you once from certain death and will be back again to finish it off. This world is full of sorrow, cheating, suffering, saddness, frustration, hurt feelings, naughty kids, burned dinners, work failures, toils and more and more till the day we die. This is hell on earth. We are not meant to be comfortable here. We are meant to be followers of God, to serve him in the best ways that we can, to glorify him and sing songs to him through all this mess. Then, someday, he will come down, defeat the bad guys, send them to hell and we will ride with him! The God of Angel Armies! (AWESOME!)
That sisters, is my new fairy tale. The goal, to be in perfect relationship with God. To sing his praises all day every day. For now, I will seek joy through this day that will be filled with troubles. To read his word so that I can share the good news with everyone I can and so that I can survive this non-fairy tale life that I live. Fairy tales, don't happen, but Jesus saves. Everyday he saves. If you want to know more about how you can build a relationship with Christ, please email me. I would love to talk to you more about this.
Until next time sweet friends I want you to remember that you are a Princess to the King. You are Beautifully and Wonderfully Made by God who loves you and will return to defeat your enemy and take you home to be with him!