Hope-FUL Romantic!

In the car this morning, the kids and I were listening to a Disney songs collection.  With each new song, I asked Macy to guess which movie it was from.  She got most of them correct.  But with each song, this is basically what she said: “Mom, that’s Aladdin.  I don’t like that movie. I can’t stand Jafar.  I don’t like him at all.” Then, “ Oh, that’s Little Mermaid.  I hate that movie, ‘cuz it has Ursula the sea witch in it.”  And, “Mommy, that’s Beauty and the Beast.  I hate Gaston.  I don’t like that movie either.”

So, I said to her, “But Macy, without the villains of the story, the heroes don’t really get to do anything heroic.”  This logic, being lost on my four year-old, said, “Whatever you say, mommy…”

I’ve been thinking about this all morning now.  My husband always tells me I’m a hopeless romantic.  But I think I’m a hope-FUL  romantic!  And I think we have good reason to be that way.  I mean, the hero in every fairy tale fights the villain and rescues, the world, the town, or maybe just one princess.  But it doesn’t matter how big the rescue is, especially if you are the princess! 

Aren’t we all just waiting for the man on the white horse to ride in and save us?  Or the handsome prince to come and rescue us with a kiss? Or the mighty warrior, who slays all the wicked with one swipe of his hand?     

The bible tells us that Jesus is our Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6 NIV

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And                    he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

There IS  a Man on a white horse, ready to fight for us!Revelation 19:11 NIV

[The Rider on the White Horse] I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war.

And there IS  a warrior, defending us at every turn. Jeremiah 20:11 NIV

But the LORD is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten.

I think it’s kinda funny/ironic that Satan’s ultimate goal is to destroy us.  For BECAUSE of that very motive lies the reason Jesus performs the greatest rescue mission of ALL TIME!  That makes me so excited!  It reminds me of the words Joseph said: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20

Every time it feels like the villain is winning, is beating the tar out of me…I remind myself of those verses that tell me the hero we’ve all dreamed of saving us is very real.  His name is Jesus!!!

3 thoughts on “Hope-FUL Romantic!

  1. Can’t resist adding this comment, and not to detract from the HopeFUL thesis of the piece: “I burst your bubble; I pop your balloon; when I sing your song, I’m out of tune; I play the part that your friends lampoon; I’m the dark-browed villain in your Disney cartoon.” r.a.scanzillo circa ’96.

    Written by an ethnic, who could never help noticing the obvious visual bias against arabic faces represented by Disney’s villains, both male and female….(once she was actually allowed to view Disney movies, that is – !)

    Your daughter’s heartfelt commentary only reinforces my feelings regarding these representations, and reminds me that American children are taught to revile certain “faces” before they ever get a chance to receive the love they have to give. I will never forget the unblinking indictment in the eyes of the Scottish children in Louise Sidey’s care when I entered the room.

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