Cinderella Syndrome

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to visit an orphanage in Mexico to meet the girls who live there. I went with 19 others ladies and we had a great time. As one of the activities that we did with the girls, we went to the new movie “Cinderella.”  It was beautifully done, and even though it was in Spanish and I only recognized two words in the whole movie – madre and padre – I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.

I think because I did not know the language, I could focus on all the visuals. I picked up on a few spiritual truths that I shared later with the girls that I felt was beneficial to them. I want to share one part of the message in this blog.

When Cinderella is left at their home and not been allowed to go to the ball by her stepmother, Cinderella called out to her “father.”  When the fairy godmother shows up, she begins changing all the things that we remember from the traditional story – the mice into horses, the lizards into footmen, the goose into the coachman, and the pumpkin into the beautiful carriage.  Then the fairy godmother notices Cinderella’s dress and wants to give her a new one, Cinderella says, “No.”  She wanted to wear her mother’s dress, that it was just fine.

Now that is just like us.  When God wants to make us a new man, we still want to keep part of our old self. We want to hang onto something familiar, something from the past. Now don’t get me wrong, Cinderella was beautiful just the way she was.  And she could have made a splash at the ball but when the fairy godmother got through with Cinderella, she was more beautiful than she could have ever imagined.

II Corinthians says, “Wherefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold, they are become new.”

A lot of times in our lives, we move forward in our own plans and in our own strength and God blesses it. But if we would let him do the work on us and follow the plan that He has for us, He can make it more successful and more dynamic than we could have imagined!

The Word says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”