“For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:3-4 RSV)
Cinderella endures as a fairtale because it resonates with a deep longing–to be valued, sought-after, and presented with pride as the Hero’s own chosen sweetheart. None of our childhoods lacked cruel step-sisters to taunt us on how unworthy we were of anyone’s love or esteem.
Even if our egos survived childhood and we’ve achieved many adult honors, our insecure natures still replay some of ancient tapes everytime we–what? Look in the mirror? Interview for a job? Step into an unfamiliar social scene?
But the Greatest of all Lovers, valiant beyond all heroes, perpetually alert to our every thought and need, is coming on the clouds of glory. Just for us. When he comes, every smudge of cinder will be forgotten, every humble pot-scrubbing task worth every ounce of sweat we poured into it. Because He will catch us up to heaven in a glorified body, clothe us in royal raiment beyond all earthly compare, and parade us before throngs of cheering angels as His peerless cherished bride.