My suffering and redemption in fairy tales…

Once upon a time, I danced with a beautiful princess. Though our time was short, it was magnificent. We made many wishes upon our dreams. We dreamed of a happy life together. It was the start of something beautiful. Perhaps in the bliss of our time together, I forgot about the time. I didn’t really think that I needed to be worried about the time. I mean, our dance had practically just begun. Wouldn’t time be on our side? And then that fateful clock struck the appointed hour, and in an instant, she was gone. Our dance was over…for a time. And everything turned to grey. The only thing that I had left was something like a glass slipper – little tokens of remembrance of our most wonderful dance. Some pictures of brighter days together, a cute pair of brown light up Dora shoes that will stand still in time, and a simple, yet beautiful little dress that the princess loved to wear so much.

This little princess was no ordinary princess. And perhaps she knew that truth more so than anybody else. This princess was born into royalty. She was destined to live in her Father’s Kingdom. It was only for a short time in which she was living in a land that was not her true home. The land was not all that bad, but compared to her Father’s Kindom, it was nothing. But nonetheless, she was here for a time. And with her long, curly hair, perhaps she would stare out at the lights in the night that spoke to her of another place, a place that was more for her, a place that was beckoning her to come, even against all the desires of her loved ones who desperately wanted her to remain. But, this city of lights was too beautiful, and shortly after her temporary stay with us, she was brought to this most beautiful city where she will live in her Father’s glorious Kingdom forever. I am no different than her. I may not have long curly hair, but I too stare out into the night sky and see lights, but for me, perhaps they are just a little further away than what our special little princess was able to see. But I know also that one day, I will leave this temporary dwelling place and will be brought into this most glorious city, the Kingdom of my Father, and I will live there forever with all of those who went on ahead of me. I shall see my little princess. I shall marvel at the beauty of her long curly hair. And I shall live with her forever.

But for now, the land and castle that I live in is under a great curse. Sure, there is still life to be lived. It is not mortal agony…well…at least not always. Perhaps I am like a candlestick and I live among other candlesticks, and dish plates, and tea cups. For that is what we now are under this curse, but what we shall become has not yet been fully revealed. But we know that something is coming…we know that someONE is coming. And we wait. We do our best to enjoy our lives under this cursed castle. We have relationships with other candlesticks. We play with other tea cups. We laugh with the dish plates from time to time. But deep down inside…we are waiting. We know that it shall not always be like this. We know that this castle is not made to look so dreary. We know that there is a greater joy…a deeper laughter…a stronger love that we were all made to live under. We are waiting for redemption. And soon, when the last one is brought into the castle, a love will be consummated between the King of the castle and His subjects. A marriage will occur. And redemption will take place. I shall no longer be a candlestick with a tiny flickering light. I shall become what I was destined from the beginning of time. We shall enter into a rejoicing that has never before been experienced in this castle. We shall see things that our eyes have missed for all these years where we have squandered around in the darkness. Yes, the King shall look more beautiful to us than anything that we had ever seen in the dreary world that once was, but shall be no more. We shall be redeemed.

Oh how I cannot wait for that day. But alas, today I am still the candlestick living in this cursed castle who has memories of once dancing with the most beautiful princess, and the assurance that I shall one day dance with her again. – Cody

7 thoughts on “My suffering and redemption in fairy tales…

  1. This is so beautiful. I do not know you or your sweet princess you miss so much, but your story has impacted me so much and I say, Come, Lord Jesus, come. I so long for the day we all dance with our gone ahead of us princesses and princes again.

  2. amen. even so…come Lord Jesus! thank you for posting this!
    together, we His children wait…for our Bridegroom’s cry:

    My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; he flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

    (song 2:10-13)

    soon my dear brother we shall hear those words when He calls us to Himself…to the wedding feast… when all our tears shall be wiped away and our sorrows in this brief life will evaporate like a dream at the break of dawn.

    God bless you and Maria and Isabella!

  3. The time I danced with my prince was magnificent and much too short, as well. But my prince and your princess are anxiously awaiting our arrival at the Royal Palace where our King will welcome us on that bright and glorious day! Until then…I press on to take hold of that prize…

  4. Cody, you will surely dance with your beautiful princess once again!! Such a beautiful post…We will soon behold His Beauty, Splendor, and Glory, and we will be renewed! I can not wait until that AWESOME day where I will be face to face with my Savior. Amazing GRACE, Awesome in Power, Mighty and Holy, Soverign God!! Praise God!! Our HOPE ENDURES during these times of unbearable tradegy and pain, and we look to our All Suficient sustainer through the tears, whom will provide the strength to run this race until we see Him face to face! WHAT A DAY THAT WILL BE!! As my son’s diagnosis holds an uncertain future on earth for him, I know God’s perfect plan is at work, and He will use my Jacob for His Glory and Mighty purpose. I will continue to pray for God to comfort and sustain you, Maria, and Isabela. So much you all have endured…..Praying and Trusting…..God is good all the time!
    Still, we will Praise YOU, who sits on the throne, and has overcome!

    Psalm 16:7-11 “I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
    my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
    or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

    Romans 5:1-5 “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

    Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

    Romans 8:26-30 “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”

  5. Love you guys! Thinking of you so VERY often…

    I can’t wait to watch the dance between you and your little princess – what a beautiful moment that will be! But it won’t be just one moment – you will dance with her forever in the presence of the King! Oh, how I can’t wait to see the look on Jesus’ face as he watches the two of you embrace!

    God bless you guys, and keep you until that glorious day…

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