Ever After

Brace yourselves, friends, we may get a little cheesy today.  (Sorry, Josie)

Once of the all time classic love stories is the story of Cinderella.  Here we have a girl whose fate has led her to serve at the hands of her wicked step mother and two evil step sisters.  Until one night, with a little bibadeebobbideeboo, she receives the chance to go to the ball and dance with the prince.

Boy and girl meet, boy and girl fall for one another, the clock strikes midnight, and their love story seems to be over.  Cinderella goes back home holding on to mere memories of her magical night. 

But their story is not over, the prince is so captivated by Cinderella that he stops at nothing until he finds her.  He doesn’t want any of the other maidens in the land, he only wants Cinderella and will stop at nothing until Cinderella is his.

Below is my favorite clip from Ever After.  I admit, it’s strange to see Drew Barrymore playing this role, but I’ve learned to look past it.  What I like is the way the prince searches for her, finds her, and then rescues her.  Yes, I know how cheesy this is, but I still love it!  (It gets good around 1:30.  E-mail subscribers click here. I apologize in advance for the cheesy title page, but it’s the only version I could find.)

I don’t know about you, but I love to feel desired and pursued.  I want to know there is someone out there who longs to be with me.  Someone who knows my best and my worst, and still chooses to love me through all of it.

In so many ways, we all have a little Cinderella in us and we are all capable of her happily every after.

God so desperately wants us to come to know a relationship with Him, that He seeks and pursues each one of us.  In the New Testament, Jesus tells a story in Matthew 18 of a shepherd who has 100 sheep and one wanders off.  What does he do?  He leaves the 99 and searches determinedly for the 1, because that one is loved and that one little sheep matters. 

“And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.”
Matthew 18:13-14
Jesus does not want us to wander around searching and lost, He wants us to be found.  He longs for us to be His because He cares so deeply for us and He loves us with a perfect, everlasting love.  
And when He finds us, He gathers us up, tells us we are loved, and He sweeps us away.   It is then, that we find our happily ever after begin to unfold.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you in with loving-kindness.”
Jeremiah 31:3

All beautiful you are, my darling;
       there is no flaw in you…Arise, my darling,
       my beautiful one, and come with me.
 See! The winter is past;
       the rains are over and gone.

Song of Solomon 4:7, 2:10-11