by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Perhaps you have a favorite fairy tale story. The story probably transported you to another time and another place. Most fairy tales have a love element with a happily ever after ending. And while the Bible is a love story with a happily ever after for those who know and love God, God’s love is not a fairy tale story. It is truth.
After a recent discussion with my son, Pie, today I’m taking another look at The Princess Bride, a fairy tale love story that ends with a happily ever after. It is a story I rank as most enjoyable. The movie has become a classic with as many favorite lines and scenes as there are people you could ask to name one. If you remember my earlier post about this story, I hope you won’t mind revisiting it with me today.
Westley’s “As you wish.” Vizzini’s “Inconceivable.” Inigo Montoya’s “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Miracle Max’s line about a paper cut and lemon juice. Fezzik’s rhyming, or “I don’t think that means what you think it means.”
As easy as it is to rattle off a line from The Princess Bride, or any other pop culture media, I wonder … do we recite verses from God’s love story as readily?
For God so loved the world … There is now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus … Greater is he who is in us, than he who is in the world …
In The Princess Bride there are the Cliffs of Insanity. The Fire Swamp with its R.O.U.S. — Rodents of Unusual Size. The Pit of Despair. And, of course, the Castle.
I’m sure many of us have felt as if we were teetering on the cliffs of insanity, stranded in the fire swamp facing R.O.U.S., or trapped at the bottom of the pit of despair.
While in those dreadful places, we need to hang onto the truth. Jesus is preparing a place for us; a castle in the sky, where there will be no more pain. No more tears. No more sorrow. No more pits. And definitely no R.O.U.S.
At the heart of God’s love story is the love our Savior Jesus has for his bride the church. And the love our Heavenly Father has for us his children.
Westley promised Buttercup he would return for her. And he did. Jesus promised he would return for us. And he will.
Facing the cliffs of insanity, fire swamp, R.O.U. S., or pit of despair ? Hang on. Don’t give up. Hold tight to the promise Christ will return. God’s love is not a fairy tale story. It’s the truth.
“Have fun storming the castle!”
What’s your favorite fairy tale?
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Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house; I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you. After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me so that you may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14:1-4
I wish you well.
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