And So She Slept

Who would have thought that I could find so much inspiration about “The Kingdom” of God while spending a day at the Magical Kingdom of Walt Disney. While we were at Disneyland it seemed as if one attraction or another had a subtle message for me about my faith. I really wasn’t looking for inspiration but there it was, right smack, in the middle of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

If you have never been to this attraction. It is inside Cinderella’s castle and it isn’t really a ride but rather a little walkway that you follow through the castle. It has pictures and pages of a book telling you the story of Sleeping Beauty. I have been in it a million times….but this trip was different.

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When I saw this picture of the King and Queen “trying” to protect their daughter, Aurora (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty), from all the spinning wheels…I could not help but see the irony. How often do we try and remove all the spinning wheels in our life rather then giving the problem or situation to one and only living God. 

Psalm 55:22 (NIV)
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

 

Philippians 4:6 (ESV)
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God

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But alas, we find ourselves falling just like Aurora did. Now, the fairy tale doesn’t say this but remember she lived in her town and kingdom until the age of 16. That was the age at which the evil Maleficent said she would prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die! What’s up with that? Did you mean to tell me that she had never in all her 16 years hear about what was going to happen to her? Are you kidding me? I guarantee you as any good parent would, they told her about the danger of being alone, not following rules and risking temptation….wait! That’s not Sleeping Beauty… that’s us!

 

1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour

Matthew 26:41  (NLT)
Keep watch and pray
, so that you will not give in to 
temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”

 


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You can see that any warning did her absolutely no good. Here she was fast asleep, not dead (thanks to Merriweather) but asleep. In fact, the story tells us that the “good” fairies made the entire castle fall asleep. Did she ever think about how her death/sleep would affect others. Countless minutes of lives were lost because of her actions. Wow! Can “our” sins affect others? Can our actions and reactions cause others to stumble? Yes, most definitely. We might not fall asleep as Aurora did but we can fall into a spiritual sleep where we are no longer growing and affecting others for Christ. Poor Sleeping Beauty…what if the Prince never came?

Matthew 18:6 (NASB)
but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.


Romans 14:13 (NLT)
So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall. 


Colossians 1:10 (NIV)
And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,


Colossians 2:7  (NLT)
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

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Thankfully the good Prince Phillip arrived and with one kiss saved the day, the Princess and the Kingdom! What a man! But we have a greater, mightier prince…the Prince of Peace. The Alpha and the Omega. He is the one fighting for us. He is the one that is here to conquer the enemy and release from death.  You know we can live our life…waiting for a Prince Charming or we can decide to follow the only and only God. Allowing Him to live in our hearts and not be just our Prince but our King. The decision is up to each of us….do we want to sleep or do we want to be alive?

Romans 6:11 (NIV)
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but 
alive to God in Christ Jesus.

 

1 Peter 1:23 (NLT)
For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.

 

James 1:15 (ESV)
Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

 

Mark 10:45 (NLT)
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

 

John 6:51 (NIV)
I am the living bread that 
came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”


images-12If you have never made a decision to walk with Lord I pray that you will take a moment to visit Know God at Harvest.org 

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~ by iemommy on March 10, 2009.

 
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