What do fairy tales such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, The Ugly Duckling, and other similar stories have in common with Followers of Christ?
The author, Fredrick Buechner, suggests that in every generation and in every culture fairy tales have been created because there is a sense in all of us that there’s more to life than what we’re currently experiencing.
Buechner writes, “Something inside us believes, or wants to believe, that the world as we know it is NOT the whole story! We long for the re-enchantment of reality. We hope that death is not the end, that the universe is something more than an enclosed glass cage. So we keep spinning and repeating stories that hold the promise of another world.”
Most fairy tales have a few things in common: an enchanted world that’s closer than we think and characters that are magically transformed—a frog becomes a prince, an ugly duckling becomes a swan, a wooden puppet becomes a boy, a newspaper reporter becomes Superman, and a mouse becomes a hero.
But what do fairy tales have to do with followers of Christ?
Deep down in all of us there is a gnawing sense that there must be more to the spiritual life than we’re currently experiencing. If we quiet the internal noise of our souls and turn down the religious chatter in the church, we will hear the cry for substantive change. Even though we’re aware there is a huge gap between our character and the character of Christ, the desire to become more like our Master is still there.
The ugly duckling in all of us wants to become the beautiful swan. We desire change. We long for transformation!
I believe God is stirring many “Christians” to a deeper desire for authentic transformation. I’m encouraged by what I’m seeing in my own spiritual community where an increasing number of people are becoming more like the Master. It gives me hope! We can become like Christ!
Sincerely Submitted From a Frog Who’s Becoming a Prince,
Ken L Roberts