A Fairy Tale Ending

Originally published Thursday, 09 April 2015.

Who doesn't love a Fairy Tale with a happy ending? Throw in a Prince, gorgeous costumes and settings and you have a winner! A night out watching the new Cinderella movie certainly delivered! No rewritten unusual takes or dark downsides, Cinderella got her Prince and her happy ending. And my girls' night out did not disappoint and I was fortified for the holidays with my boys!

The original Cinderella movie had great quotes. Who can forget "A dream is a wish your heart makes when you're fast asleep." And true to the original Cinderella movie this lastest rendition delivered on its share of quotables. I love the introduction with the line "She saw the world, not always as it was, but as it could be…with a perhaps a little bit of magic." Good outlook on life to have I'd say.

My most favourite line though is "Would who she was really be enough? There was no magic to help her this time. This is perhaps the greatest risk any of us will ever take—to be seen as we truly are."It causes Cinderella to ask the Prince: “No princess, no carriage, no parents, no dowry, I don’t even know if that slipper will fit—will you take me as I am—an honest country girl who loves you?”  Her future happiness, her future life period was dependent on the Prince accepting her as she was, the real her. No Fairy Godmother to dress her up this time as she faced the Prince. Just her - exposed and vulnerable.

But how freeing for her, the Prince's response, "of course I will". No need to pretend, she could relax and be her. When we allow ourselves to no longer hide behind masks or pretend to be someone we're not and to embrace everything that makes us uniquely us we are just as free. God created each of us uniquely and He delights in who we are. He delights in our uniqueness.

The way God sees us matters more than any thought that we've had or comparison we've made or what others have said about us. Often though it is those voices that clamour insistently in our brains and drown out what God has to say about us. We need to be as brave as Cinderella and embrace who we are.

Our stories too have a happy ending, for we stand before a King - the King of Kings, who loves us just the way we are.