9th November 2011

Seeing Through A Glass Slipper

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
1 Corinthians 13:12-13 (KJV)

Do you remember the story of Cinderella? The poor little girl with the wicked stepmother and the loving fairy godmother? Cinderella’s godmother arranged for her to go to the ball by turning everyday objects into a spectacular array fit for a princess—as long as she left the ball before midnight, otherwise the coach would turn back into a pumpkin and the horses would revert to mice! Cinderella did exactly as she was told and ended up marrying the prince because he came to look for the mysterious belle-of-the-ball who ran off at midnight. He identified her by the glass slipper she left behind at the ball—he knew it would fit only her delicate foot!

How very nice… but did you ever stop to wonder WHY that second glass slipper remained intact even though it was left behind at the ball AFTER midnight? Does that mean Cinderella could have stayed after all and her dress would have remained equally magnificent? This has bothered me ever since I first heard the story as a little girl, and it rather spoilt the enjoyment of the fairytale ending for me.

The Bible has passages that are hard to understand—the Apostle Peter mentions this in 2 Peter 3:16 (KJV) speaking about the apostle Paul: “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”

When we find ourselves struggling with the details of a scripture, perhaps we should focus instead on our loving Father, God, who knew us before we were born and who sent His Son to come and find us in our spiritual poverty so we can be part of the Bride of Christ!

Heavenly Father, help us to be content to “see through a glass darkly”, safe in the knowledge that, one day, we will see you face to face.

Study by Shirley McLean

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