Wednesday, February 4, 2009

When I Grow Up....

When I grow up, I want to be a princess....... Or maybe a dancer..... No, I want to be a singer...... No wait, I really, really want to be a ballerina.....

When I was a little girl, life was big and dreams were bigger. Life was a fairy tale and I played the main part in the story. When you read about the princess in Cinderella, that was me. In Little Red Riding Hood, I was Little Red, the girl that ran through the forest to her grandmother’s house. When Snow White was poisoned, it was me that laid waiting for the prince to come and kiss me.

I so easily was able to put myself in the place of the story because in my mind, it was all possible. Dreaming was my thing. My grade school teachers didn't like it much that my mind would wonder off to dreamland during class, but it just could not be helped. I lived in the dream world of my mind and it was a great place to be.

As you can see, I did not become a dancer, singer or ballerina. And as I grew up I certainly didn't think of myself as a princess any longer. Life in the beginning that was filled with belief in the impossible was stripped out of me by the world. I was told; fairytales are not real, live in the real world, life is not easy or fun, stop dreaming. So, as the years went by and life took its toll, I did just that. I lived in the reality of a cruel hard world, I didn't believe in princesses or fairy tale endings any longer.

Lately though, I have begun to think about growing up in a different light. I have been born again and I am now a new creation. I am in the process of growing up again, this time though; I'm growing up in Christ. What he has shown me about growing up this time around is this.

I am the princess in the middle of His fairytale. I am the Cinderella that is waiting for my great prince to take me away to the place He has prepared for me. Once again, I live in a world of dreams, dreams so big that my mind can not wrap itself around them. The dream of an eternity with a God so great and so in love with me that he died for me. A place where all the tears will be wiped away and no more sadness will be. Oh, how I love to sit and think on that place. Indeed it will be better than any fair tale castle I once read about.

He also tells me that even though I long for that place in eternity, I still have a dream to live here on earth. Through me He wants his love to be shown, through me He wants His light to radiate. I get to believe in things that most people think are not possible. I get to call His name and see the miraculous happen. I get to dream again, but it’s not my dream this time, it’s His.

I can not sing well, but He loves to hear me anyway. When my songs reach Him, it warms His heart. Ballet may be out because my knees crack when I bend them but I dance for Him at times like David did. I dance because my joy is so great that it just can’t be stopped. As for being a princess, I am His beloved and I wait for Him to ride up on His white horse. And with this prince, I’m assured by the bible, the truth of God, He will one day.

Although dreaming as a child brought me much joy and fun, dreaming as an adult has become an even greater joy to me. As I live in the spirit and walk next to my savior in faith, I imagine what it must have been like to live in the Garden of Eden. Walking and talking with God.... To me, it is the dream.


Peter P said...

I never know how to respond to your posts these days.

Your posts are always so awesome and deep and rich that I never want to spoil them with my poor words.

This is a problem to me because I want you to know that I read, enjoy and learn from your blog.

Keep it up Sherri!

richies said...

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.

Now that's what I call dreaming!

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Beth in NC said...

Our dreams were very similar! I wanted to sing, be a mommy, and marry prince charming! ;o) I've done them all.

But the ultimate Prince of Peace is the one we wait for now.

You never know what the future holds! NO eye has seen ... NO ear has heard ...

Jennifer said...

Amen, sister! We are real princesses in a REAL KINGDOM!!! It's not just a dream; it's a reality, for those who believe. Also, dear one, thank you for your encouragement during the time of my accident. Your comment posts have meant so much to me. Thank you, thank you!!!

Sharon Brumfield said...

I do remember a little girl untouched by this world with a dream in her heart....dancing across the living room floor with such abandon. And then that abandon was stripped away by a world that did not care that she was the gem of her Daddy God's eye.
Her vision became clouded for many years...the dream lost.
But thank God her prince pursued her..and the dream was given back to her. She holds it tight in her hand...and sometimes if someone is willing to look....she opens her hand and reveals the wonders she knows to be true.

Loved this post!