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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Monday Morning Munch No. 54 – Fairy Tales and Dragon Slaying

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It’s the timeless tale that God spun long before the world began.

Long before J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis (wow, can we talk about all those initials?) even learned to read, and certainly before they crafted their first sentences, God was writing.

Writing a story that would become the fountain of all other stories.

The captivating, compelling, heart-wrenching and beautiful story.

The story of good and evil.

Ever since I learned to read I’ve loved reading fairy tales.

Between the pages of a fairy tale book are stories of triumph, excellence and virtue. Of princesses and brave knights, daring conquests and the fight for what is true and right. Of true love and purity, courage and morals, and don’t forget victory over malicious enemies.

Of course, there are books and movies not classified as “fairy tales” which contain some of the same material. You may be thinking of your favorite stories now. They can truly grip our hearts.

Why do you think that is?

Because they speak to us of the overarching story of life. The story God developed before the foundation of the world. You see, before stars were breathed into the night sky, before sin seeped into every facet of the world, before swords and armor were invented, God had a plan.

A plan of redemption. A plan to permanently and finally conquer evil.

In a land of despair and on the brink of total destruction, Jesus, the true humble hero, breaks on the scene to ransom for Himself not just a damsel but a world in distress and through that heart-changing rescue, invites us to join Him.

To join Him in an epic saga that puts every earthly version to shame.

That’s the thing about fairy tales. We were created to live them not just watch them.

Men, the adventure, respect and honor you long for is found in picking up your sword and following the great Champion of the world into battle. A battle already won but still in need of brave fighters.

Ladies, the love, hope and acceptance your heart so desperately desires is found in the greatest romance of all time. The romance of a sinless Savior who paid your debt in order to make you His spotless bride.

So let us not be content to simply read or watch stories of good vs. evil, but let’s join the greater story.

Let’s go slay dragons and fight the enemy.
Let’s live for the King and work with Him to bring restoration, hope and glory to His creation and kingdom.
And let’s worship the One who imagined and carried out the most astonishing and brilliant story of all time.

Since it is so likely they will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. -C.S. Lewis on youth

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. -G.K. Chesterton

 

2 comments on “Monday Morning Munch No. 54 – Fairy Tales and Dragon Slaying

  1. stefanieemae says:

    This. Makes. So. Much. Sense!! I literally am in love with this post, thank you for sharing your thoughts! It really speaks with exactly what I’ve been learning in Bible study this week, letting The Lord be who we call Him, The Lord and rule over our lives completely.

    Stefanie M.

    1. Oh, don’t you love it when God confirms what He is teaching you through so many beautiful outlets? It’s one of my favorite things. Thank you, as always for your sweet encouragement. I’m so thankful for it (and you)!

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