I like fairy tales.
I'm a sucker for happily ever after.
And Cinderella is one of my favorite stories.
The whole idea of rags to riches is appealing. Even more so is the idea of a Prince Charming who sweeps you off your feet. And wow! He even scours the kingdom looking for you when you run off!
And oh, who wouldn't love the whole idea of a glass slipper made just for you – one that fits perfectly! (Or any shoe that fits perfectly, right?!)
(Guys reading this? Sorry. Use your imagination and insert something that would be built just for you! And maybe Princess Charming??)
I have to admit, sometimes in my walk with God, I want a fairy tale.
Real life is really tough sometimes.
And it sure would be nice to have things turn out happily ever after once in awhile, huh?
And this is where I realize what sort of God I usually want.
I want a God who comes to my rescue, and sweeps me off my feet.
I want a God who scours the kingdom looking for me when I run off.
I want a God who makes life fit me *just right.*
I want a God who makes all the bad stuff go away.
I want a Cinderella God.
Of course, we know in our minds that life isn't always going to be wonderful. But sometimes, in our hearts, don't we wish it was?
And don't we sometimes blame God when it isn't?
I know I do.
Knowing that God can do anything, I sometimes really struggle with those times when He doesn't intervene.
Why does He let suffering happen?
Why does evil run rampant?
Why does He sometimes withhold His presence?
I sometimes feel like a modern-day Job.
Job was an everyman. I think he asked and wondered about and battled the same age-old questions that confront every human being at one time or another.
The mystery of "bad"…
Sometimes this dilemma is even harder for me to deal with when I look at Jesus.
Shouldn't He have fixed everything?
He did, but still…
Even now, couldn't He fix EVERY…THING???
Truth be told, I want a comfortable God, with a shoe that fits *just right.* A life that runs smoothly, and a heart that never struggles with fear or doubt.
I want a God who answers prayers – my prayers – my way.
So often when I pray, God answers me in ways that I don't want.
I pray for more faith, and He allows more trials.
I pray for ease, and He allows testing.
I pray for peace, and He allows unsettling circumstances.
I pray for patience, and He gives me situations that require endurance.
I pray for comfort, and He pushes to develop character.
I pray for happiness, and He allows suffering.
This list could on and on – and you could add your own stuff to it.
For each of us struggles with wanting a Cinderella God.
But, God is not a fairy tale.
He is not a cosmic genie-in-the-sky.
He isn't worried about pleasing us, or fulfilling our whims.
He doesn't jump through our hoops, say "how high" when we say leap, or bow at our feet.
If He did, He wouldn't be God.
And even as much as I'd like to tell Him how to act, I'm really glad I can't control Him.
After all, I don't want someone in charge who has me for a boss!
I guess if I'm honest, I don't really want a Cinderella God.
I just want God.
God in all His mysterious, unpredictable, awesome ways.
And hey, He is a dream come true…
HE IS a God who comes to my rescue, and sweeps me off my feet.
HE IS a God who scours the kingdom looking for me when I run off.
HE IS a God who makes life fit me *just right* in His ultimate wisdom.
And though He isn't a God who makes all the bad stuff go away, HE IS a God who loves me and is working all things for good.
HE IS a God of purpose.
The One who lifted me from the dirty ashes of slavery, and invited me to the dance. The One who desired to make me part of the Kingdom. The One who knows me by name, and fashions me into something new and beautiful.
Jesus is my Prince Charming…
…and once upon a time, I asked Him into my heart.
Maybe the story isn't a bed of roses all the time.
That's OK – I know how it ends…
…Happily ever after.
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining.
I believe in love even when I don't feel it.
I believe in God even when He is silent.
(These words were found scrawled on a cellar wall where
Jews had hidden in World War II in Cologne, Germany)
"The LORD Almighty has sworn, 'Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.'" (Isaiah 14:24, NIV)
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11, ESV)
"Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand." (Proverbs 19:21, ESV)
"...the LORD's plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken." (Psalm 33:11, NLT)
"For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength." (1 Corinthians 1:25, NIV)
"'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'"
(Isaiah 55:8-9, ESV)
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28, NIV)
"How great are your works, LORD, how profound your thoughts!"
(Psalm 92:5, NIV)
What is something you grapple with - and how are you learning to love the actual God, and not your "version" of Him?
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