As I recently read a book about an authoress of fairy tales, I remembered all those children's stories concerning looks and beauty. If I were a character in a fairy tale, who would I be- based upon my own actions? Would I be the frog (OK I KNOW he was a prince--but think out of the box for a moment) who had a spell cast upon them? Would I be standing waiting for my handsome prince to kiss me so that I could magically change into the beautiful princess? The truth is--I have kissed some frogs in my day--but so far no one has changed into the handsome prince.
Would I be the wolf in sheep's clothing or grandma's clothing? Trying to pass myself off as someone I am not---deceiving those around me by donning disguises--hiding the true me? Yet under the costume--the real me is not very sweet--not very nice--and would love to have all those around me for dinner.
OH, for sure I prefer to be Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, the innocent Gretel, why even The Old Woman in the Shoe some days. If I looked in my magic mirror---I would want to see beauty, honesty, integrity, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and a good dose of courageous. But the fact is--there are days, when I whisper those long ago words,
"Mirror-Mirror" and the magic mirror reflects the ugly crone. Disappointing--heart breaking--how my actions and thoughts morph me into the crone I never wanted to be.
The good news---life is NOT a fairy tale---and there can be happy endings. I have the power--the ability--the desire to finish well. It is never too late to change the story--to take a different path--to live happily ever after. And in the final glance at the mirror of truth---an old woman filled with love, joy, and peace can still smile back at me. That is truly the fairest of them all---one who is reflecting the love of Christ.
One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple. -