My friend Crystal and I were watching “Enchanted” together.
(Let me just tell you we were watching it while we were working out on the elliptical machines together at the gym. Can’t have you thinking we are lazy slackers or anything like that!)
In case you haven’t seen it, I’ll give you a quick summary. For starters, it’s a Disney movie. A young woman (Giselle) lives in a typical fairy tale land complete with talking and singing animals. She’s singing and daydreaming about a prince, who hears her voice and comes to find her and save her from a troll. In short, they meet and fall in love and he declares they will be married in the morning!
And that’s all within the first 5 minutes.
Time for a plot twist! Giselle is on her way to her wedding, in a ridiculously puffy white gown and everything is perfect. Until she meets an old woman who leads her to a wishing well. Giselle wishes for happily ever after with the contented smile that comes with knowing the wish is certain to come true. Then the old woman pushes her into this bottomless pit of a wishing well and sends her to a place where “there are no happily-ever-afters” as she tells her sidekick/minion/servant/guy. That place is here, the real world.
That’s all the information you need for my the point I’m going to make. I don’t want to ruin the rest of the movie for you, because I am a strong supporter of everyone seeing this movie, as I am for most Disney movies.
Crystal and I were joking about fairy tales and how corny they can be sometimes – especially this movie which is purposely corny at the beginning. But even while we make fun of these stories, we wish things could be that simple. If only I could have a prince show up in my life to save me from whatever danger I am in and guarantee a happily-ever-after for me. Sounds perfect, right? I have two propositions in regard to this statement.
- As a Christian, I can rest assured my Prince has already saved me from the danger of sin and has guaranteed a happily-ever-after for me. Because my happily-ever-after is secured by Christ, I don’t have to be concerned that it won’t happen. My hope is in the Lord, and it is the Biblical hope which means it is a confident expectation – I know it will happen because Christ has said it will!
- Sometimes I feel as though I am stuck in the world where “there are no happily ever afters.” But that is because I have taken my focus off Christ, I am not keeping my eyes on the prize that is set before me. When I look at the world, put my trust in people, look for a fairy-tale prince among the men of the world, it is easy to grow discouraged. I need to remember that God is the Author and Finisher of faith and stop trying to find my happily-ever-after on Earth. My treasure is in Heaven!
I am, without question, a happily-ever-after kind of girl. What an awesome thing it is to know, even while I’m still in the middle of my story, that I will have a happily-ever-after forever in Heaven with my Saviour! And it’s the same for every other Christian (even the men, although this post was clearly written from a woman’s point of view!).
Crystal and I also decided that we need to have an “Act Like a Fairy Tale Character” Day. Hey, we already have a “Talk Like a Pirate” Day, so it’s not that much of a stretch if you think of it.
I love talking about fairy tales. Who is your favorite fairy tale character and why?