Who of us doesn’t love a good fairy tale? There’s a bright beginning . . . “once upon a time,” then the middle is adventure and crisis . . . romance and tension . . . , but we can endure any number of plot twists because we know the “happily ever after” ending is coming.
That sounds a bit familiar to me. Consider this: perhaps we enjoy fairy tales so much because they offer a glimpse into God’s REAL eternal story written in the Bible.
- Once upon a time . . . “In the beginning . . .” Gen. 1:1
- Happily ever after . . . “and He shall wipe every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying or pain.” Rev. 21:4
I’ve also noticed that the pages of the Bible chronicle true stories of the High King of Heaven giving grace and redemption to the people of earth. Getting a glimpse of that reality should cause us to overflow with gratitude.
This is our last look at Colossians 2:6-7:
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith just as you were instructed and overflowing with gratitude . . . ”
Let me share with you a true fairy tale from the pages of 2 Samuel:
The people’s king, Saul, turned out NOT to be a good king. He was jealous, angry and self-serving. But the king had a righteous son. Prince Jonathan was so righteous he chose friendship with his father’s rival, David, over loyalty to the throne. Saving David’s life meant Jonathan would never be king himself, and David made a promise before God to honor Prince Jonathan’s family in his coming kingdom.
Years of fighting and exile finally brought David to rule as God’s King over His people. Twenty years after David made that vow to Jonathan, he remembered to keep it. Knowing that Jonathan and his father had both died in battle, he searched for anyone who might be Jonathan’s heir. Finally one was found – a son of Jonathan, crippled in both feet.
You see, in his flight to safety after his father and grandfather were killed in battle, a 5 yr. old heir to the throne fell. The fall was so traumatic that it caused him to be crippled for life–broken and discarded. His name was Mephibosheth. He had been living in hiding for 20 years–hiding from David’s revenge, hiding from scorn, hiding with the pain of his fall.
But now King David seeks out the broken prince and sends for him to come before his throne. And as we read the story, we wait for the truth to be revealed. There was a promise and, since David is a good king, he will keep his promise. Won’t he?
2 Sam. 9:6-7
“And Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and prostrated himself. And David said, ‘Mephibosheth.’
And he said, ‘Here is your servant!’
And David said to him. ‘Do not fear, for I will surely show kindness to you for the sake of your father Jonathan, and will restore to you all the land of your grandfather Saul; and you shall eat at my table regularly.”
Our hearts soar as we picture a broken, outcast like this fallen prince being welcomed to the table of King David. We see him limp awkwardly into the banquet hall as David’s favored guests — regal sons, mighty fighting men — rise to greet this new member of the family. David himself smiles broadly as a tear of remembrance for Jonathan rolls down his cheek.
A promise before God has been kept. A royal prince has returned. He has a place at the table.
Then the chapter finishes …
“So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate at the king’s table regularly. Now he was lame in both feet.”
A glimpse of our Happily Ever After?
I’ll let Max Lucado conclude this true tale . . .
“And I ask you, do you see our story in his? Children of royalty, crippled by the fall, permanently marred by sin. Living parenthetical lives in the chronicles of earth only to be remembered by the king. Driven not by our beauty but by his promise, he calls us to himself and invites us to take a permanent place at his table. Though we often limp more than we walk, we take our place next to the other sinners-made-saints and we share in God’s glory.”
When we realize we too have a place at the King’s table, may we be women overflowing with gratitude!