Girlfriends in God - Nov. 17, 2008

November 17, 2008
Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall 
Sharon Jaynes

Today’s Truth 
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.’ He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.” (Galatians 3:13, 14 NIV)

Friend to Friend 
Today, I want to take you back a few years to one of our childhood fairy tales. Even though it may be familiar to you, stay with me for a surprise ending.

It all began long, long ago, in a land faraway, where a young Princess named Snow White lived.  Her stepmother, the Queen, was very cruel and jealous of Snow White’s beauty.  Every day, the vain queen approached her magic mirror and asked, “Mirror, mirror on the wall.  Who’s the fairest of them all?”  For many years, the mirror answered, “You are fairest of all, O Queen.”  But Snow White grew from a little girl into a woman.

One day, the Queen approached her magic mirror and asked, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”  Much to her regret, the queen heard the answer she knew would inevitably come.

“Fair is thy beauty, Majesty, but behold – a lovely maid I see, one who is more fair than thee.  Lips red as a rose, hair black as ebony, skin white as snow…”

At once, the Queen shrieked in anger, knowing that the mirror spoke of none other than Snow White, her beautiful stepdaughter.  The queen decided to eliminate her competition.  She ordered one of her huntsmen to kill the fair princess in yonder woods.

The next day, the huntsman took the princess to the woods, but could not bring himself to end the life of one so lovely. Thus, he left her in the forest, hoping the queen would think he had accomplished his mission.  Snow White stumbled across seven adorable young dwarfs with giant hearts who loved and cared for her.

The next day, the evil Queen asked the mirror once again, “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”

Once again, the mirror answered, “Snow White.”

Realizing her competition was not dead; the queen transformed herself into a witch (which did not take much effort, I might add) and went to find the girl.  When she did, she devised a fool-proof plan to offer Snow White a poisoned apple that would cast her into an eternal sleep.

The dwarfs warned Snow White not to talk to any strangers while they were away doing their chores in the forest.  But when the witch came bringing the tempting apple, Snow White took the fruit, ate a bite, and fell into a sleep that was supposed to last forever.

As a child, I remember reading the story of Snow White and almost crying at the fate of one so lovely.  As an adult, I read the story and realize it is more than a fairy tale: it is our story as well.

Satan was once a lovely prince.  Ezekiel describes him as once being “full of wisdom and perfect in beauty” with every precious stone as his covering.  He was the anointed cherub who was on the mountain of God (Ezekiel 28:12-14).  But pride was his downfall and he wanted to be like God.  As a result, God cast Satan from heaven with one-third of all the angels (Isaiah 14:12-23).  After his downfall, he was no longer the “fairest of them all.” Satan, like the cruel and wicked queen, then came after us with the poisoned fruit of disobedience.

But the story of Snow White didn’t end with her being caught in the evil spell.  One day, a handsome Prince rode through the forest on his white horse.  When he saw Snow White deep in sleep, he fell in love with her and placed a kiss upon her lips.  When he did, she sat up, blinked her eyes, and sprang to life.  The prince scooped Snow White into his arms and took her off to his castle where they lived happily ever after.

Oh dear sisters, a handsome prince has come into our lives as well.  His name is Jesus.  Our prince has placed a kiss upon our lips, taken us in His strong arms, and lifted the evil curse. Now when we look into the mirror of God’s word and ask, “Who’s the fairest of them all?” God answers,” You are, my child” – for He sees the reflection of His Son in our eyes.

“As a child of God 
Looks daily into the Word of God 
And beholds intently the glory of God 
As manifested in the Son of God, 
She shall, by the will of God, 
Be transformed into the image of God.”
Harry Reeder

Let’s Pray 
Dear Lord, Thank You for rescuing me from the forces of evil in this world and transferring me to the kingdom of light.  Thank You for breaking the curse that was placed on all mankind due to the disobedience of Adam and Eve in the garden and awaking our dead spirits to newness of life.  I praise You that nothing, absolutely nothing, can separate us from Your love.

In Jesus’ name. Amen

Now It’s Your Turn 
When you were a child, how did you feel when reading the story of Snow White?  Were you concerned about her fate?

How did you feel about the wicked Queen?  About the handsome prince?

Now, as an adult princess who has been rescued by the Prince of Peace, how do you feel toward Him?

The Bible tells us to “resist the devil and he will flee from you.”  What would have happened had Snow White said “no” to the Queen’s tempting fruit?  What would have happened if Eve had said “no” to Satan’s tempting fruit?

Have you ever been in a tempting situation and taken the bait?  What was the outcome?

Have you ever been in a tempting situation and refused to take the bait?  What was the outcome?

Try your hand at writing your own version of Snow White with you as the damsel in distress and Jesus as the handsome prince.

More from the Girlfriends 
Adam and Eve had everything!  They lived in the perfect world in the Garden of Eden.  Then the evil one tempted them to disobey God and they ate the forbidden fruit.  They lost it all.  But Jesus Christ came to destroy the work of the devil and restore to us all that was lost.  Then why do we continue to struggle?  I believe it is because we don’t realize what we have as a child of God.  We still live like fallen creatures rather than restored children of God.  Want to know more?  See Experience the Ultimate Makeover and discover who you are and what you have as a child of God. 

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Originally published Monday, 17 November 2008.