Cinderella and The Kingdom
Every little girl wants to be Cinderella. She wants to be found beautiful. She wants to be captivating and accepted for who she is, even in the midst of hard circumstances. She wants to let justice and kindness rule in her heart. She wants inner beauty and outward elegance to turn the head of the prince. She wants to be happy in true unity with the man that she was made for. She wants to dance and have her dress twirl as she spins and spins. She wants to stay there in that magical, enchanting place before the time is up.
There is something about this story that rings true in our souls. The pain of loss, the joy in the midst of rampant injustice and sorrow, and then redemption. Faith and kindness winning out over greed and jealousy.
This story has been around since before the beginning of time; before there was light; before there was even a male and a female to play in the story. This is Christ and his Church. The church, she is made up of broken people that are acquainted with loss, injustice, jealously, greed, and manipulation, but in some supernatural way, she has been preserved. The soot and cinders have been cleaned off of her face, and she has been washed by precious and sacrificial blood. By the Spirit of a miraculous Father she is made perfect and breathtakingly beautiful. When her time of injustice and refining adornment is over, she will be presented to her Prince, the Father Himself. She will be more beautiful and radiant than anyone has ever seen. She will not compare with the world that she leaves behind that has given its best attempt at this beauty. She is set apart. Her Prince, the King, will come for her. Riding his white, majestic horse he will come to get His bride. The church, she will be glad. She will remember the song that was passed down to her saying, ‘Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy.’ She will be united at last with her love, the one that completes her soul.
There will be a great celebration and the citizens of this new kingdom will rejoice. It will be the feast of all times. The grand ball that everyone in the kingdom gets to attend, especially those who never got to go to the less comparable balls on the earth. They will be the first in line.
And finally, the groom will marry his bride. All things will be made new. Cinderella will be joined with her beloved, Holy Prince and they will live happily ever after in perfect unity…and really because it is no longer a fairy tale….it is what is to come! This is why there is something so familiar and enchanting about that story.... So, sweet girl, you can be Cinderella.