My father has affectionately called me his Cinderella for as long as I can remember.
My story unlike the fairytale Cinderella, is not a tale of servant girl to living happily ever after with her prince. Rather it is a tale of experiencing brokenness to understanding redemption and what it means to walk out what the word redeemed means everyday of my life.
Part of my understanding of redemption is what you might call coming of a mature “spiritual age.” In other words, it has taken me a long time to get it. And still, I don’t do it perfectly or like Paul said, Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. (Philippians 3:12)
I long to live the concept of Jesus redemption to the rest of the world.
This isn’t going to be a weighty post or a deeply theologically one that would make you hit the share button. But rather a reflection of redemption in contrast to all the noise that seems to be quite deafening lately.
It’s been really hard to not jump in and join the rants and raves on social media with our own country days away from a historic election. I’ve read and listened, watched and prayed on what seems to have imploded. It makes me sick and sad all at the same time and I wonder, just wonder what God sees when he watches.
Today, was a fresh reminder of that as we had our windows repaired and the two men who came to the house. One had an accent and I asked him where he was from. He hesitated and said he was originally from Mexico. As we began to talk, he shared with me how he loved his job but he was sensing hate and fear recently when he showed up at various homes. It made him nervous he said as lawns were littered with signs of campaign supporters that he knew were disparaging about his own heritage. It made me sad and I assured him he was welcome to his own thoughts and opinions in my home.
And so today, as the noise continues to try and crowd out learning what it means to live walking out being redeemed in Jesus, I offer these thoughts.
God is in the process of redeeming all of us with the noise and madness of our world.
It signifies just how patient He really is. I actually struggle with God’s patience at times. And yet, I know it is a part of the narrative that is being written of redemption.
I ask you, can we walk as redeemed human beings and to our very best ability practice the virtues that reside in the hallows of our own personal redemption?
Can we in our bantering back and forth choose carefully to state our opinions with both courage and yet let them be sprinkled with kindness?
There is a line in the recent remake of Cinderella where at the end of the story her prince discovers his mystery princess and asks,
Who are you?
She steps forward and says,
I am Cinderella, I’m no princess I have no carriage, no parents, no dowry and I don’t even know if that beautiful slipper will fit. But if it does, will you take me as I am?
For some reason as I watched this, the word beautiful word redemption came to mind in the midst of all that is screaming at us. And I saw myself presenting myself to the Prince of Heaven asking the same question.
Will you take me, as I am each and every day? To which He whispered yes and I pursued His promises later in the day to fill the ache of not feeling at that moment redeemed.
You are my treasure. Exodus 19:5
I rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17
When you are serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed. Jeremiah 29
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. Isaiah 40:11
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. Revelation 21:3-4
This is the redemption God longs to give to us through His son Jesus as we present ourselves with all of our flaws and failings so that we may give back in our world.
He longs to redeem us to Himself and create in us a new person full of all the virtues that His redemption represents every single day.
There is a catch.
We have to be willing to admit our need for redemption and choose to live it out with His truth and grace.
Redemption then comes full circle and each day we can wake up with confidence believing that our lives matter and our own realization of our redemption in Jesus can make a difference to all we encounter. Yes, even in the messiness of what’s taking place, we can bring the essence redemption.