A year ago, my daughter was promised that for her birthday she could go to the new Cinderella movie. Holding us to that promise, we made it a girl date, with some of Emerson’s aunties and her BFF.
Being the skeptic that I am of any romantic movies, I couldn’t help but think “this would be a great movie if I didn’t already know the outcome.”
But as I was sitting in my scoffing chair, my heart was softened seeing the Cinderella story is the story that my heart so longs for. For the weak and poor girl that I am, to be known and to be loved. I could identify with the evil step mother and wicked step sisters fuelled by envy which breaks all relationships around them. Unlike “perfect” Cinderella, I often go back to those “people” in my life – envy, competition, and comparison – allowing the prison they put me in to control my life longer than I would like to share.
The final scene is what struck me and made this hardened heart soft. As Cinderella and her KING were to be presented as Husband and Wife, her wicked stepmother watched with green and evil eyes. Cinderella turned around and looked at the woman that hated her and tried to destroy her, and said, “I forgive you.” And Cinderella turned around and walked away like a weight had been lifted. She walked away with freedom in her step with her KING. It struck me in a new and fresh way, because she was deeply loved by her KING and confident in his love for her that she could freely extend forgiveness and kindness to her enemies.
An old story, seen with fresh eyes. The KING of the universe loves me, therefore I can walk with confidence, extending forgiveness and love to those around; not allowing my captures keeping me in a prison of bitterness and anger, but allowing the KING to do HIS work on me – freeing not just foes but my heart.
“The Bible is most of all a story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It's a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne, everything - to rescue the one he loves. It's like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life.” -The Jesus Story Book Bible