Today I am addressing women but If there are men listening please don’t stop…as so much of what I say here applies to you as well….YOU are betrothed to Jesus too. I think I will address men in a future podcast in relation to seeing Jesus as the lover of their soul. It does not take away from your masculinity…actually, just the opposite is true…but it takes a secure man in who he is and his own masculinity to allow this to be a part of your vision of Him.
Sometime between the dreams of our youth and yesterday, a treasure has been lost– it seems to be so in many of us, if not all. And that treasure is our hearts, and how we were created to be. For women God has set within us a femininity that is powerful, tender, and alluring.
I think every woman secretly longs for that Prince to come riding in to rescue her from the woes of life. In unveiling the mysteries of a woman’s soul, I find that we were all created to long to be desired. We all long for romance and intimacy. He created us that way. It is nothing to be ashamed of.
It’s just that we have gone to great lengths to satisfy that longing in all the wrong ways.
The longings God has written deep in our hearts actually reveal to us the life He wants us to live. For so many of us, those desires have gone unmet and long neglected. Many of us live in fantasy worlds of addictions and men to try to fill that unmet need for escape into being valued and desired. We try to numb the aches in our hearts. But our hearts are still there crying out to be set free and to find the life we desire.
Jesus is the only One who can fulfill our deepest need and longings whether we are married or single.
Last week, my granddaughter Savanna and I experienced a disappointment together when we traveled to a place that we had planned to go, and found we could not continue with our plans due to extenuating circumstances. As we left to return home, we both began to share our love for Jesus with each other and decided instead of being sad our plans were thwarted, that we would go see Cinderella instead.
What a plan, right?
Then as we arrived, we challenged each other to see the story in a different light. We would watch it with the idea that Jesus was the Prince in Cinderella’s story and she would be us. And the wicked stepmother and the two evil step-daughters would be Satan and his evil spirits trying their best to convince Cinderella she was not beautiful, desirable, or loved…but instead a worthless woman who would never amount to anything.
How many women really, deep down, feel that way?
Do you long for your own Cinderella story?
Who doesn’t long to rise from her humble past, discover the best in herself, and be appreciated by a true, lasting love.
Yet, her own efforts to fill the yearning often ends in tatters. And no man can rescue her.
The Cinderella fairy tale provides a powerful allegory for women’s deepest hopes and dreams and the God who longs to fill them. For all of us who have wrestled with disillusionment, abandonment, our own limitations, and the lies that whisper we’re not beautiful, there is someone who longs for us the same way we long for Him…and if we learn to follow his lead every promise He’s ever made proves true.
Cinderella was a beautiful woman with great potential, but she was bound by an environment and wickedness coming against her, and that constantly put her down and tried to reduce her to nothing!
One day the Prince knocked on her door.
We know about the Ball, the Prince and her Slipper. The Prince never forgot her; she was unique. He did not give up his search until he found her.
There are a lot of women today living like Cinderella, bound to situations, living in insecurities and addictions that are robbing them of their peace and joy.
Maybe you have met the Prince of Peace, but you have fallen into emotional bondage or other traps of the enemy.
There is HOPE!
Jesus, the Prince of Peace, knows where you are and how long you have been there. His desire for you is that you walk in the freedom of His presence and provision and an intimacy with Him that has no end.
I believe that women today are waiting for something external to come along and transform their lives. We may venture into the world, travel, go to college, or make money. But underneath it all lurks a wish to be saved, a deep yearning for dependence on a rescuer. These largely repressed attitudes, I believe, are holding women down because they don’t yet know we already have a Prince standing before us…waiting for us to take His hand.
There are so many parallels in the story of the Prince seeking her out with fervor. He could not go on until he found her. He had eyes for only her, and when He saw her He knew she belonged to Him.
He swept her off her feet.
We can see this as the church itself in more general terms. For we are the Bride and He is the Bridegroom, and He longs for intimacy with His Bride. He seeks us out for relationship with Him. But we are so busy trying to find that one thing to fill our deepest longings that we miss Him standing there with His hand outstretched for you…and that He is that ONE thing.
But in an even more personal light, as an individual, He has eyes for only you. Can you even imagine it?
At the end of the story, both Savanna and I were amazed, since we were looking at it from a Jesus-as-our-Prince viewpoint, that when the slipper fit her foot, and the Prince took her in His arms, she knew she was to go with Him…her heart’s desire.
And there standing on the staircase was the wicked stepmother with a look of shock on her face. She was looking through the bars of the staircase. It was the appearance of Satan bound behind bars, defeated once again in keeping the Princess from her Prince.
And the two evil step-daughters? They were running around trying to look like the perfect sisters all along, chattering and looking like fools…just as the enemy always ends up looking.
Cinderella turns and with a look of fulfillment on her face, simply says to the step-mother and the two step daughters, “I FORGIVE YOU”….
Powerful words of freedom from the enemy. No more lies. She now knows who she is and knew that this was the plan all along for her life.
“The King is enthralled by your beauty.” Psalm 45:11
A few months ago I went to a classical concert with a friend. The orchestra was lovely and I enjoyed the music but soon became bored as I need more of a visual to entertain me.
I decided to close my eyes and let my imagination run with the music.
And there I was in a beautiful ball gown entering the gates of glory. My Prince was standing there in the most beautiful tuxedo I had ever seen. It was white and shimmered like tiny diamonds sparkling off water. He had eyes that drew me in. Our eyes met and there was a depth of love I had never experienced before…as I stood there breathless and in awe.
He only had eyes for me.
I walked over to Him and His arm was reaching towards me and He smiled. I took His hand and He swirled me into a waltz that seemed to consume every inch of my being.
We danced around and around and He lifted me higher and higher until we were dancing on mountain tops and over the seas. The crescendo of the music kept rising to the plateau of complete immersion into Him as it swirled around us.
“Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp.” Psalm 149:3
As He motioned for me to look down with his head, there before me was the throne of God glistening with the colors of the rainbow and shooting off ceaseless jewel colored rays of piercing light that overflowed into the atmosphere around us. I looked into His eyes and the love that filled my every longing was there and that was all that mattered. I rested my head on His shoulder and felt safe.
His fragrance filled my soul.
I became lost in HIM.
Oh, the joy of it.
“The LORD your God among you is powerful — He will save and He will take joyful delight in you. In his love He will renew you with His love; He will celebrate with singing because of you.” Jeremiah 3:17
Have you met your Prince in this way yet? He is standing right there. Open your spiritual eyes and behold Him.