Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Jesus as recorded in Revelation 3:20
Caroline and I watched the movie Cinderella 2015 the other night. Of course, as with most of us, the story has been known to us for a long time. No surprises…right? However, I was intrigued by a question/statement made by the narrator, as Cinderella, anxiously, approached the king who had been purposely searching for her…pursuing her.
The narrator said: “Would who she was , who she really was, be enough? There was no magic to help her this time. This is perhaps the greatest risk any of us will take. To be seen as we truly are.” Then, Cinderella approaching the king and knowing that he believed her to be a princess, said to him, “Will you take me as I am?”
Almost immediately I hit the “back” button on the remote and listened again. My mind went to the truth that I too would one day be approaching, standing before, the King who has been pursuing me all of my life(see Romans 14:10-12).
At that moment I deeply felt the discomfort, and at times the horror, of being seen as I truly am. I remembered the thoughts that I had…“If they knew what I had done or the thoughts that have gone through my head, they would never love me; they would never ‘take me as I am’.” But the King I speak of, unlike others, knows what I have done and knows my thoughts (see Hebrews 4:13)…and still “takes me as I am”(see Romans 5:8).
Cinderella 2015 is a fairy tale…my life and yours are not. Yet the parallel of a King who takes us as we are is true. He says this: “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Jesus as recorded in Matthew 11:28-30.
I will stand before Him…and so will you. And when I do I hope to do so, not with anxiety…but with confidence and assurance that, as He says, He will take me as I am…not because of me…but because of what Christ did for me.
PS Be blessed as you listen to this music video “I can only Imagine” by Mercy Me: