“Every person’s life is a fairytale written by God’s fingers.” — Hans Christian Anderson (1805-1875)
If that’s true, where’s my happily ending?
Happily ever after, even in fairy tales, didn’t mean “trouble never after”. It just meant the characters found a joy more powerful than trouble. “I have learned the secret of being happy at all times. If I am full of food and have all I need, I am happy. If I am hungry and need more, I am happy.” Philippians 4:12 (NLV) The kind of joy that defies circumstance can only come from God. (Philippians 4:4-7)
So, maybe we’ve accepted that, even embraced it. Saint-like contentment is an admirable goal. Maybe we even hope to one day go to Heaven. Surely that’s our happily ending.
But, real happy ever after, here? Now? In the midst of the darkness of this life? Isn’t that notion just make believe?
Well, think about the parts of that phrase…Make. Believe. According to the Bible, the only way to make the things we desire happen…is to believe.
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24 (NIV)
It’s faith, not fantasy.
But, faith in what? I’m not talking about the popular philosophy that WE can make things happen if we just believe in ourselves. Our words and our faith give us authority in the realms of the spirit, yes, but that authority originates with God.
Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:1-3 (NASB)
When we place our trust in God’s Son, our Prince Charming, the Author of our happily ever after, then we are granted that authority. “I can do all things because Christ gives me the strength.” Philippians 4:13 (NLV) Jesus said, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:19-20 (NIV)
What does our present happy ever after look like?
Deuteronomy 28:2-13 lists the things we can ask for and expect when we choose a life of blessing, when we choose God. Physical and spiritual health, provision of our needs, empowerment to successfully complete whatever we set our hand to, harmony in our relationships, victory over those who try to hinder or harm us, divine protection, even that the things we own will be in good condition.
Really, for us it’s easier than for the fairy tale characters. We don’t have to earn true love by our beauty, courage, or sacrifice. When our story begins, we already have it. The Prince loves us before first sight. All we have to do is reach out and accept His hand.
The truth of our life’s fairy tale is, we don’t have to wait for it to end to have our happy ending. Yes, one day He will whisk us off to His shining castle to live forever in happiness. But, He wants to extend that joy to us right now, here where we live. Even if it’s the humblest cottage in the kingdom.
Are you ready to live the fairy tale?