I’ve mentioned before that I love the Disney animation of Sleeping Beauty. Today I’m going to pick on Princess Aurora.
In case you’re not familiar with the tale, Princess Aurora was cursed at birth by the witch Maleficent. Before her sixteenth birthday ended, Aurora would prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die. The good fairies changed the curse so that Aurora would only fall into a deep sleep until she was awakened by true love’s kiss.
So, being extra cautious, the good fairies take on their human forms and hide Aurora in a peasant’s cottage where no one knows who they really are. Then on her sixteenth birthday, the fairies send Aurora into the woods while they prepare a celebration.
And there Aurora meets a handsome young man and falls in love. (Which is actually a funny scene, but I digress.) Aurora finally has to hurry home, but she tells the young man to come to her cottage that night, meet her aunts and all that.
Aurora arrives home and her aunts kinda pop the news on her that she’s a princess betrothed to Prince Phillip.
Now if someone told me all of a sudden that I was a princess in hiding, I think I’d be shocked first and then wildly curious about the details. I think I might be excited about meeting parents I’d always thought were dead. I think I’d be apprehensive, but very intrigued to see what life for royalty is like.
But Aurora seems to miss all that. She bursts into tears because she’s told she can’t meet her handsome young man again. (Here’s the clip of the announcement if you care to watch it.)
Because she’s only sixteen and she’s lived in extreme seclusion, I give Aurora a break when I’m watching the movie. Today, I’m cutting her no slack: if ever a girl acted like a besotted, infatuated goose, it was Princess Aurora.
I mean, she was a princess!
Her father ruled the country. She could have anything money could buy. She had a mother and father after always believing herself an orphan.
And all she could think about was never seeing this man again, a man she’d met only once. (And, yes, I believe true love is one of the strongest things on earth. I even believe in love beginning at first sight. But I don’t believe you can know it’s true love after only a few hours. Maybe I’m wrong.)
Aurora had just been handed the splendor of royalty, yet she’s upstairs weeping on her bed because she cannot have a man she met only that day. Short-sighted lassie.
But, after condemning the poor girl thus, let me add that we can be just like her.
A Christian is a child of the King of Kings. The King who holds the stars. The One who created us. The One who shed His own blood to free us from sin, its power, and its punishment.
And yet we are reluctant to live sold-out to this King, our Father.
If I follow His laws to the letter…
…I won’t be able to watch all the entertainment of this world because it glorifies wickedness–wickedness which put Jesus on the cross.
…I won’t be able to do all the things my worldly friends do at parties because they pollute my body, which is the Lord’s temple (see 1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
…I won’t be able to dress in all the faddish clothing because it places superficial value on the body and devalues the soul, thereby causing me and others to stumble.
…I must forgive everyone who wrongs me, no matter what they’ve done.
…I won’t be able to spend all my time on myself because the Lord will ask me to use it for His eternal kingdom, or simply to serve others.
…I will have to speak what people don’t want to hear because I must spread Jesus’ gospel and warn them of sin’s punishment.
…I’ll have to give up this or that because it isn’t edifying or it squanders time or it flat-out honors wickedness.
…I won’t be able to stay up late because I’ll get up too late to meet with Jesus the next morning. (Confession: staying up late can actually become an idol in my life. I spend the latest hours with novels or something for my own pleasure, then I can’t rise early enough the next day to read my Bible. I say I’ll do it later in the day, but I don’t always do it, and if I do, it tends to be rushed or even half-hearted.)
…I will have to reshape my entire way of thinking to align my life with the King’s laws.
We complain about all we have to give up.
But we somehow forget about all we gain.
We gain forgiveness of sin and a home in heaven.
We gain incredible power in our daily lives to overcome all the snares, temptations, and attacks of the enemy.
We gain incomprehensible peace in the midst of turmoil.
We gain joy we can’t explain.
We gain love for others that cannot be matched.
We gain a Father who cares for us and takes our worries upon Himself.
We gain a purpose we can never outlive.
We gain a Provider, Defender, Friend, and Savior.
And, yes, we gain pure pleasures that He gives us simply because He loves us.
How can we complain about what we must sacrifice when there is so much more to gain?
Are we as short-sighted as Aurora weeping over her royal birth?
All those things we’re giving up are only temporary anyway. The things we gain are eternal.
P.S. Yes, I realize that the law of irony dictates that, after berating poor Aurora so, I’m destined to fall like a ton of bricks off the Eiffel Tower for a man someday. May God grant me grace. 🙂