Wednesday, March 17, 2010
As I am typing this post I can hear the flowing, enchanting high pitched melodious tones of Snow White's voice singing as my daughter watches the movie Snow White in the other room. A moment ago I was watching it with her and I was struck with this powerful flash from the Lord and of course I had to share it with you my sweet friends!
At the very beginning of the movie we find the beautiful princess not looking so "princess like" dressed in rags, on her hands and knees scrubbing the outside steps to the castle. It doesn't appear to be the "happily ever after life" I’m looking to get swept up in when it begins. However, the gorgeous beauty Snow White goes about her chores while dressed in rags with a smile on her face, a song in her heart, and a whole slew of forest animals just for good measure :). At one point she stands up, walks over to the well and begins to express her wishes. As she does nothing changes about her situation. Her clothes don’t change, her duty to clean the steps doesn’t change, but someone enters the picture that has the power to change her whole demeanor. Enter…Prince Charming.
I have watched this movie a million and one times and all at once I was overwhelmed by the moment Prince Charming enters the scene. He sees her where she is, doing what she's doing, dressed the way she is dressed and he sings her a love song! He woos her!! He comes up alongside her and he woos her! Are you getting this pretty ladies because this is juicy spiritual couture right here!!! Prince Charming saw her heart and he loved her beyond where she was and desired to draw her to himself with a song. Hello?!!? That is a good man right there!
I mean right now I'm not even gonna lie to you. I am showered. (Which is a step in the right direction, however I think that's my only positive point scored regarding my physical appearance right now ~ LOL!) I am sitting on my couch in an oversized T-shirt, no make-up with eyebrows desperate for separation :), in my favorite sweatpants (you know what I mean, the pants that you wear when you just feel like well, gross-or it's that “special” time of the month :)), a cold in my nose, glasses on and I have no intention of improving my look anytime soon. And my hubs just came over and gave me the sweetest kiss and told me I'm beautiful. Wow, that’s love folks. Yeah, he just scored himself some serious points. ;)
My point is this....Jesus sees us where… we….. are. I love how Holly Wagner describes it in her devotional Daily Steps for God Chicks (which I so recommend you reading!).
"God is not afraid of the messes that surround you. Maybe you feel unloved. You could have been abandoned, mistreated, abused. Maybe you still are. Perhaps no one in your world has extended a hand of compassion toward you. Doesn't matter...God always comes to the rescue. He steps into the middle of your mess, grabs your hand, causes you to grow, to flourish...to change. He washes your wounds, cleans up your past and anoints you for your future.....When your Father sees you, He sees you with a crown on your head. You are royalty. You are a princess. Being His daughter makes you a princess...regardless of what you feel like...regardless of your past."
"The bride, the beautiful princess, a royal daughter, is glorious. She waits within her chamber, dressed in a gown woven with gold. Wearing the finest garments, she is brought to the King. Her friends, her companions, follow her into the royal palace. What a joyful, enthusiastic, excited procession as they enter the palace! She comes before her King, who is wild for her!" Psalms 45:13-15
You my dears are among the Kings most honorable women (Psalms 45:9). And the King, like Prince Charming, has decided he loves you RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE!!!! Doesn't matter if you see yourself like the Snow White at the beginning of the movie in rags or at the end of the movie in a beautiful gown. Prince Charming seeks her out both times, because he has decided he loves HER. Christ does the same thing with you and me. And honestly girls, it means so much more to me when my hubs steps into my grubby moment and loves me up than when I’m all dolled up for a hot date night. Don’t get me wrong, I want him to notice when I have made an effort to look smokin’ hot. But the point is that when he steps in as my Prince Charming regardless of the condition of my heart (or physical appearance for that matter) and woos me it has the power to change whatever “yuk” feeling I was having about myself.
That’s exactly how we have to start viewing Christ as he enters our moments both in rags and in riches. Because if we don’t we will continue living outside the castle steps. The King's ultimate desire is to lead you off into the sunset to live happily ever after in the Kingdom. Did you get that.....IN the Kingdom. I’m putting that in italics just to drive it home! Please don't stay on the outside of the castle washing the steps waiting to get all cleaned up before you allow the King to see your heart. Give your whole heart, your whole self, your rags and your riches over to Jesus. Start digging into the Love Letters (the Word) that have been written just for you and let the Light shine over what you feel is dark. Let him enter the scene of your life, sing to you a beautiful song of LOVE and invite you to dwell inside the castle walls changed forever from the inside out!
Like I promised in my first post, you are not walking alone. I have grubby, worn out rags that I choose to wear over the garment of Christ every day. Your circumstance may not change overnight, but I can guarantee that if you allow the King to sing over you right now your heart will change and then that will empower you to change the way you are viewing your circumstance. What I'm trying to say is that we have much more than a wishing well at our finger tips ladies, we have the King of Heaven and earth desiring our attention! That lavish love will equip you with the strength to start walking in the Light! I’m walking with you and everything I ask of you, you can bet your bottom dollar I’ve either already walked it or I’m stumbling through the process myself! But I’m ready to let Christ have it ALL, every last ounce of me and be lead forth in gladness with companions (Ps 45:15)! I’m tired of washing the steps and remaining outside the castle walls. Will you be a companion? Take a minute to pray this scripture with me today and then BELIEVE it!
“I have asked one thing from the LORD (THE KING);
it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the LORD (THE KING)
all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the LORD (THE KING)
and seeking [Him] in His temple.” Psalm 27:4 (my emphasis added)
Sweet dreams pretty ladies and I can't wait to chat again soon!!