Once Upon A Time

C.S. Lewis once said, “Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” Are you old enough? Have you grown up to find yourself opening the pages again to the wonder of Once Upon a Time?

Young or all-grown-up, why do we love “once upon a time” tales? Maybe because the princess deep inside each one of us sees the fairy tale princess’ dreams fulfilled, gazes intently as the princess is loved, valued, and cherished, and witnesses the happily ever after. We hope (even secretly) for a life that includes these things. And we want to believe that miracles can happen to us, too!

Within the fairy tale is a place where right always wins and where love always saves the day

We know that something is dreadfully wrong in the real world. We look around and within, and we see injustice, immorality, selfishness, and every other sort of sin, and think that evil must have the upper hand; we wonder when or if love will come to save the day.

Because "happily ever after" is not always how we see our day-to-day existence, sometimes we just want to escape to fairy tale land and pretend for a while.

There's a golden nugget of truth we can take away from specific details found within many of our favorite and best-known fairy tales. In this blog and in several to follow, I’ve chosen brief vignettes to a handful of classics. I pray God will use each illustration to speak to your heart and guide you in your real-life story.

Let’s take a look at the first – perhaps the most basic AND the most profound – of several fairy tale highlights, and address it as it resonates with our real-life stories:

Though the two events are wildly different, there are parallels we cannot ignore between the make-believe story line of the fairest-one-of-all maiden, Snow White, and the real, historical account of Eve from the book of Genesis.

The evil queen would stop at nothing to dispose of Snow White, the fairest in the land. Snow White was enticed to try the apple, falling for the lie that it was a “magic wishing apple – one bite and all your dreams will come true". Actually, it was poisoned as a result of a spell placed upon it by the evil queen, disguised as an old hag.

One bite and Snow White fell to her death – a sleeping death, that is. The only antidote that could break the spell (the curse) was true love’s kiss. Only the prince would be capable of finding and reviving her, raising her up from the sleeping death, and giving her new life. And he did! (Can we say, "happily ever after"?!)

The evil one, Satan, our very real enemy, would have stopped at nothing to try to dispose of God’s perfect creation. Eve, the first woman, was enticed to try the forbidden fruit (no, it wasn’t an apple!) It was forbidden by God, who gave specific instructions to His creation for their protection. Eve knew she was not to eat of this one fruit of the garden or she would surely die. Satan, disguised as a serpent, tempted Eve, luring her to try it with a lie.

Eve fell for his lie, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5 (Sounds like a "magic wishing apple", doesn't it?) One bite and she (and Adam, too, by the way) fell into sin and faced eventual death, the curse.  

In our resultant sin, we, too are poisoned. The only thing that can break our curse is ultimate True Love. The greatest kind of love. Love that led God provide a Savior, first promised to Adam & Eve right there in the garden. Love that would lead His Son to lay down His life in Sacrifice. To die in our place for the forgiveness of our sins. To defeat the evil one, sin, and death! Only our Savior, the Prince, could find us, save us, and give us eternal life by faith in Him. And He has! Love has come to save the day! Right DOES win! Fellow princesses, you and I are loved, valued, and cherished. In Christ we receive our happily ever after! (More about this in upcoming blogs...)

Jesus said, "For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day." John 6:40  On the day of Christ's return, at the final resurrection, he will raise our bodies up to new life forever. Miracles DO happen for us, too, by God's grace in Christ!


  1. Hi Deb,

    Your post is so amazing! I guess we think alike! Last weekend I did a presentation I called "Joyfully Ever After" based on the Cinderella story!

  2. Thank you, Sharla and Karen Sue! Sharla, this is so FUN to learn that you, too, have just been sharing an "ever after" message of Christ's saving love, also following a fairy tale theme! I wrote and presented a "Happily Ever After" retreat last fall that includes illustrations and parallels from a handful of fairy tales, including Cinderella! I'll be continuing to share bits and pieces here on my blog.