Yesterday I watched the first episode of the new season of the Bachelorette, an American television program. The program kept comparing the newest Bachelorette, Desire, with Cinderella. Got to thinking.
We all know the story of Cinderella–The pure-in-heart young woman who is manipulated and bullied by her wicked step-mother and two equally mean step-sisters. Cinderella is invited to a ball honoring the prince of the land who is looking for a bride. With the help of her fairy god-mother Cinderella attends the ball behind the backs of her adversaries and meets the prince. Cinderella promises to obey her fairy god-mother by leaving the ball by midnight. The prince falls in love with Cinderella at the ball. The clock begins striking midnight, and Cinderella flees the ball, leaving behind a tiny glass slipper. The prince vows and succeeds in finding the woman who belongs to the glass shoe. They become husband and wife, and they live happily ever after.
You might ask how this story relates to Jesus. Well, deep within our soul, we are God’s pure creation. We have been bullied and manipulated by Satan (the ugly step-mother) and harassed by the result of the abuse that we have endured (the ugly step-sisters. Notice that there are multiples.)
With the help of God (our fairy god-mother), we are invited to the ball (peace found within communication with God). We are instructed to be obedient to His word (now let’s all leave the ball by midnight). A token remains of our uniqueness and purity (the tiny glass slipper) for our prince (Jesus Christ) to follow and find us. When our prince (Jesus Christ) finds us, we are invited to spend the rest of our lives in the comfort that can only be found in ongoing Divine relationship. Our Prince finds us worthy, seeks us out, even in our misery, and invites us to join Him in the Holy state of Life and Love Everlasting. Let us all live “happily ever after!”