Like a royal convention, princesses flitted across the floor in silk, tulle and satin. There were small ones, tall ones, different ages, sizes, and shapes. As if in regal carriages, mini twenty-pound, six month-old baby princesses in strollers rolled alongside wobbly toddlers in tiaras, tripping on floor-length hems. Teenage princesses, balancing on dazzling platform heels, showed off their elbow-length gloves. Gowns flashed, glitter sparkled, princesses twirled.
The movie premiere of Cinderella brought real-life royalty (OK, maybe Princess Kate wasn’t in attendance, but there were many gorgeous women and darling girls dressed and acting like they were descendants of kings and queens) from all over the county. It reminded me the heart’s desire of every woman and girl, the longing to be rescued by a handsome prince. We have a yearning to be swept away from life as we know it into the dream of life as we imagine it should be. Women want to be deeply loved, rescued, kept safe, and cared for.
When things in life turn out differently than we have planned, we might question, “Where’s my happy ending?” The end of our story, the content, and happy ending along with lasting hope is found only in Jesus Christ alone. We might look elsewhere—possessions, medication, alcohol, entertainment—yet these are temporary fixes. The only true happy ending can be found in the heart that finds its satisfaction in Christ. Real hope is found only in Christ.
How do we remind ourselves of the truth of how Jesus Christ sees us? By looking in the mirror of His Word. When we renew our minds, we change the way we think about ourselves. Take a minute right now to speak aloud the truth of what God’s Word says about you. This is from Dr. Neil Anderson’s ministry; the list is called “Who I am In Christ.”
The more we speak the truth about who God says we are, the more we will begin to believe God. When we believe God, we can trust what He says. When things turn out differently than we thought they would, if we remain in God’s Word, it will not affect our view of ourselves. This is how we walk in faith, not by sight. We can trust God’s love, presence, and protection for His best plans for us.
Our ending will be happy if we discover our end begins with Him. First John 4:16 says, “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us.” There’s no need to drag out the royal dress-up clothes for the occasion; Jesus’ blood has provided the garments we need. God sees us clothed in His robe of righteousness. “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels,” says Isaiah 61:10.
Heavenly Father, we have believed the lie that if we feel beautiful, we are accepted. Father, help us to bring our broken hearts and frustrated desires for our happy endings to you. Thank you for allowing your love to transform how we live. In Jesus’ name, amen.