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Thursday, February 11, 2010

slipper shennanigans

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose."
-Romans 8:28

When I was a little girl, I would watch this part of Disney's Cinderella and cry until my face felt like it was going to explode.

It's not fair. Her wicked stepsisters threw out their sash and beads. They didn't even want them. How could they? Cinderella's mice friends worked so hard on that dress. Further, Cinderella finished all of the chores that Lady Tremaine had dumped on her just hours before.

I'm sure it broke my parent's hard to hear these shennanigans go down every so often in our living room.

"Why is Brett crying?"
"The stepsisters ripped Cinderella's dress again."

I was usually either crying for one of two reasons: Cinderella's ripped dress or the fact that Toto got away from the witch in the Wizard of Oz.

One day, according to my mom, I was watching Cinderella and once again, the waterworks began. Then, all of a sudden, my brown-curly head popped up, smiled and said, "Don't worry, Cinderella's going to get another pretty dress!"

It was true. Though she truly looked lovely in the pink and white (old fashioned) gown, it does not compare to the beautiful, sparking blue one that the fair godmother "Bibbidbopiddibooed" her into before the fancy ball.

There's a reason they don't sell the pink and white ones to little girls in the Disney store. The blue one's better.

I feel like this analogy loosely resembles my plans for my life, versus God's plan for my life. To this day, when things aren't going according to my plan...when I feel like my heart has been ripped apart by the world, and I have been cheated and feel discouraged, my mom will turn my five-year-old words back on me:

"Mom, I didn't get the job."
Cinderella's going to get another pretty dress.
"Mom, no one here wants to date me."
Cinderella's going to get another pretty dress.
"Mom, I don't feel like I can ever measure up."
Cinderella's going to get another pretty dress.

Sometimes it's easy to feel hopeless. It's easy to believe the lies of the world. To get discouraged when your life doesn't go according to plan. When you are tempted to feel this way, think back to one of the most beloved fairy tales of our time. While Cinderella gets another pretty dress, God has a better plan for you. The very definition of God is a "better hope."

Girls, wait for your pretty dress. It's more captivating that you could ever imagine.


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