Cassandra Moton – Children’s Programming Pastor
As a little girl, I loved fairy tales – especially the Disney ones! I loved Disney fairy tales so much that when I was 20 I got the best job ever working at Disneyland; the most magical place ever. And my most all-time favorite fairy tale is Cinderella. What young girl couldn’t relate to poor Cinderella being treated so badly by her step sisters and step mother? At some point growing up, we all feel wronged by our parents or our siblings or whomever is telling us what we should and should not be doing. So day dreaming of a fairy godmother to appear and wave her magical wand singing Bibidi-Bobidi-Boo was a habit of mine. She would turn everything ugly into beauty. I’d be beautiful, in beautiful clothes, with a beautiful carriage and meet the beautiful prince and live happily ever after in our beautiful castle.
But life, real life, isn’t always beautiful.
I became a Christian in my early twenties. I fell in love with God, got married to my husband who was a Student Pastor and thought life was really a fairy tale. If something hard came along, if there was a bump in the road, well then all I need to do is talk to God right? Pray to God, asking Him to fix it all – ask Him to wave His magic wand and it will all be better! Right? No, not right at all. What happens when life gets really, really hard and no magic wand appears? When you lose your baby; lose a job; lose a brother in law. What happens when you’re afraid for your children and the decisions they are making; when you feel completely alone without anyone to talk to without being judged. Does this mean God doesn’t care about me?
I realized there were many times when I was treating God more like my fairy godmother then who He is. He is God. He is the Alpha and the Omega, He is Lord, He is ruler over everything, almighty, all powerful, all knowing, He is the everlasting King. He is my Father. And that’s the short list. Not once in the Bible does it say anything about God having magic or a magical wand or a special song to sing. Much to my dismay, the Bible doesn’t mention a fairy godmother. But I have to admit, there have been times in my prayer life that I truly have treated God like He was my own personal fairy godmother.
How? Well, by praying something like, “Lord make my life better. Take away______. Help my daughter get straight A’s. Help us get a house…with a pool would be nice. Keep my kids safe and happy. This isn’t fair…fix it. Change that.” These aren’t bad prayers – and yes, God can do anything. But God isn’t looking to make my life easier. He isn’t concerned if my kids get straight A’s in school or where we live or what we drive or even… hold on to your hats ladies – if I’ll ever fit into a size six jean again (yep, that’s never happening). When I read God’s Word, none of these things are found. Does God care about me and my family? Yes, of course He does. He loves me more than I will ever comprehend. He sent His one and only Son to die on the cross for me; for you. But He didn’t send us Jesus so we could live a comfortable, easy life. He sent his Son to have a relationship with us; with me. He wants me to be a better person, a person who shines the love of Jesus in everything I do. So when I treat him like my fairy godmother, I disrespect God without even realizing what I’ve done.
So now I ask God to teach me, to grow me, to stretch me and give me the strength and wisdom to walk in His path. When life is falling apart all around me, I drop to my knees and cry. I cry out to my Lord, my God. I still pray for healing, or to help someone or help me … and yes, I ask for outright miracles in many things and people. But if God doesn’t wave his magic wand and fix something, or heal someone, or change a circumstance, I don’t stomp my feet and pout. I sit still and quietly listen to God. Prayer isn’t just about asking God, it’s about listening to God and what He has to say.
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“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18