My daughter (along with millions of other little girls around the world) loves Cinderella. The book, the movie, the dress- all of it. There is something about this young girls tale of transformation from servant to princess that resonates with us females. We long to be seen as beautiful, to be adored, to feel valued and appreciated.
Where we get into trouble is when we forget that those desires were put there by God and that they are longings that only He can fulfill. As much as we want them too, our boyfriends, husbands, or even children can’t fulfill those longings. No matter how hard they may try, they will always fall short.
When we misplace these desires, when we expect other broken, sinful humans to meet our needs, it can be a breeding ground for disaster.
We are bound to be disappointed. Our expectations will not always be met. We will question our beauty and our worth. We will feel taken advantage of and unappreciated.
Only God can meet these needs and only God will not disappoint.
Our beauty comes from the fact that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). We become even more beautiful when we clothe ourselves with “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience” (Colossians 3:12).
We are valued. So much so that He paid the ultimate price by laying down his life for us.
The work that we do is appreciated. “Whatever you have done for the least of these, you have done for me” (Matthew 25:40). Think about your children as the “least” and you will quickly see how much you do for God on a daily basis!
So friends, don’t fall into the trap that I so often do. Don’t misplace these desires. Don’t expect broken, sinful humans to meet your needs. Only God can meet these needs and only God will never disappoint.
If sometimes you feel a little bit like Cinderella (before the Fairy Godmother appears) and long to have someone notice you, someone to appreciate your work and your beauty, know this with confidence friend- He already does.