“Impossible things are happening every day.”
-Fairy Godmother, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Ever wish you had a Fairy Godmother that could just fix all your problems with the wave of a wand and a catchy gibberish song? Did you ever get mad at the fact that Cinderella had a Fairy Godmother who pretty much abandoned her her whole sad life and then when she actually does help, she puts time constraints on her magic? These are valid questions and concerns that I’ve pondered as well. However, there is of course a different take on this.
If you watch the movie Cinderella again, you will note that the Fairy Godmother only shows up when Cinderella has reached her breaking point and is on the verge of no longer believing in who she is or what she stands for. Cinderella is about to lose all hope-and that’s when and why the Fairy Godmother shows up.
As a child I thought that the Fairy Godmother was your typical fictional fairy tale character there to create a magical spectacle and turn Cinderella into a princess since that’s essentially what she does. However, the deeper underlying purpose is that the Fairy Godmother is there to restore hope.
That being said, it’s very possible to conclude that you’ve had you’re own fairy godmother or fairy godmother moments in your life. Anything that serves as a reminder to have hope when you’re on the verge of losing it, anything that reminds you of who you are, what you believe in, and why you do what you do are your own Fairy Godmother moments-particularly when these reminders show up in the moment that you need them most.
If you read last week’s post about being “over it,” you probably got the sense of the type of week I was having. However, I have to say that every time I question the validity of what I do or believe and am about to give up, it seems that someone reaches out to me or something happens to remind me that I’m on the right track, there’s a purpose in the pain, and that I need to keep pressing on. I definitely had several Fairy Godmothers last week.
I liken these moments to the Fairy Godmother and Cinderella because it allows me to be reminded to keep the faith and hope and it makes me feel like I’m more connected to the story, which I always love. Although Fairy Godmothers may not actually exist, these reminders that restore our hope and faith do indeed exist and they are sent by a God who truly can make “impossible things happen every day.” You just have to believe.
Who or what has served as your fairy godmothers in life?
Matthew 19:26-…”With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”