Peeking into the looking glass

I grew up completely obsessed with fairytales. I would sit and spend endless hours watching stories like Thumbelina, Cinderella and Snow White. Although the characters all faced hardships, each overcame their problem to embark on a wonderful new adventure. I love a happy ending! Each character had to maintain their grace and beauty while they endured the unimaginable at the hands of others. There were moments where each character wanted to sulk and be discouraged about their circumstance but they seemed to never let bitterness overtake them. I loved how the fairy god-mother or an animal would step in to remind them at those times who they truly were. When I was a little girl, my dad would call me on his lunch break to pretend I was an African princess from Zimbabwe named Aisha and he was my humble servant Gozebewah. I would say, “no daddy it’s me, your Aisha” and he would say, “no you are a royal princess and I am your servant waiting to hear your request”. He would call me every day to go over the same skit. Some days I didn’t feel like playing princess and grew tireless of the calls. Other days I would sit in anticipation for those little reminders. Looking back, I see what he was trying to teach me. He showed me that regardless of the issues I may have to face and the hardships that were sure to come my way, I was to never forget I am a royal princess and beloved. I should never lose sight of who I am. Once you don’t recognize your worth, bitterness and darkness sets in. Despite all of the trials and tribulations we all have to endure in this fallen world, we are to never forget how special we are to our Heavenly Father. We must never forget who we belong to. This world is difficult and can be hard to bear at times but we are children of the King. We can’t allow the cares of this world or our own issues to supersede what God is trying to do in our lives. Always remember who you are and who you belong too. There have been times in my life I didn’t recognize my worth but God would use something to get me back on the right track. He prunes us like silver. He makes us beautiful to shine in His reflection and for His glory’s sake. Whatever you may be faced with today, realize that your creator made you beautiful and in His image and will give you what you need to overcome all things. Be blessed.

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