We don’t always get “happily ever after.”
We live in a fallen world, with imperfect people, and we have an adversary who would like nothing more than to turn our coachman into a goose, our horses into mice, and our carriage into a pumpkin.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
We don’t always get to go to the ball…and most days, we like Cinderella will stay home cooking, cleaning, and getting cinders on our face. Life is not going to be a fairy tale, and yes, we are going to experience trials…suffering…and pain.
It’s often when midnight chimes loud and our glass shoe slips from our foot that God does the most heart work in our lives. He sands off our rough edges and prepares us for future ministry work. Yes…we may fell like Cinderella when her slipper shattered into shards of glass, but we know that God can use everything for our good.
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
And…no…it’s not fun to encounter people like Cinderella’s stepmother and stepsisters, but learning to flourish even in the presence of difficult people builds character.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:3-5
We have no need for Fairy Godmothers when we have the love of Christ.