Not only can these fairy-tales be enjoyed because they are moral, but morality can be enjoyed because it puts us in fairyland, in a world at once of wonder and of war. — G.K. Chesterton
Life is a story. It is God’s Story. It is God’s fairy tale.
There is the big-picture Story that God is telling from beginning to end, a story of an enchanted tree in an idyllic garden, a story of free men enslaved and then made free once more at great peril and cost, a story of a Prince come to rescue His bride.
Life is a story, a fairy tale; therefore there will be dragons and wicked witches and evil forests and disguised fairies.
Dragons will come. The dragon is a temptation to evil, and it usually comes from within rather than without. Slay the dragon, for its end is destruction. There are wicked witches or cunning magicians who make themselves appear good, but bring only evil. Do not be enticed into wrongdoing. There are evil forests, places that are scary and full of fear; but you will come out of those places of dread, so keep your hope firm in the source of your salvation and do not fear. There are even faeries, disguised messengers, angels, in the world, working out God’s will, and we might not even know it when we encounter them, though they bring us help in time of need.
These things are real.
Life is a story, a fairy tale; therefore, the outcome is predetermined and not yours to make.
God is working out His plan. He will prevail. That is the ultimate outcome, and all smaller outcomes play into that larger scheme.
God has baptized you into His team and called you by His Name. Follow His path by doing the right thing where you are, wherever that happens to be. Glory is at the end, but like St. George, God doesn’t let you shortcut your way to glory. To get there, you must first go down into the valley and fight the dragon you were sent to fight: your own sin. You will be a conquerer, because Christ conquered it already for you.
Life is a story, a fairy tale; therefore, know that there is always a way to beat the wicked witch, always a way out of the evil forest, always a way to overcome the enchantment.
That way is almost always unexpected and difficult. Do the right thing, keep your head, and you’ll emerge with wisdom, which is true victory.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13
So, this week choose to be St. George, Hansel, and the third Little Pig.
Do your difficult duty, keep your head when life gets hard or scary, and remember God provides a way of escape if you keep your eyes open for it and are willing to take it.