Wishes

One of the greatest things about being a kid was making wishes.

We wished upon stars, we made dandelion wishes and we made a wish when we blew out birthday candles.

Generally speaking those wishes were harmless and encouraged us to dream.

But what happens when we begin to wish that we were different or that things out of our control were different?

I recently watched “The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader with my 9-year-old daughter. I loved reading these books and now the movies bring to life the characters and epic battles that previously were left to my imagination.

In this story filled with twists and turns and the classic battle of good & evil, Lucy finds herself longing to be beautiful like her sister. She gives into temptation and steals a spell that allows her to make a wish to become beautiful when she sees her own reflection.

While admiring her newfound beauty in the mirror, Aslan comes to her in a vision and He tells her, “don’t wish yourself away.”

You see friends, sometimes in the desiring for things to be different, we are willing to wish ourselves non existent and trade our spiritual birthright to get our needs met in the here and now.

As Lucy discovered in the looking glass with Aslan, she is not the only one who is affected by this wishing.

The people in our lives get hurt, short changed and impacted when we dismiss or refuse to accept the things about ourselves that we do not like or cannot change.

Not only do we miss out on the benefit of living life as God intended, but we grieve His heart when we wish to be someone or something other than how He created us.

He crafted us to be a reflection of His glory. He knit us together intricately and with purpose.

When we wish for things that are superficial and secondary to our calling of who we were created to be, it leaves us wanting more and remaining unsatisfied and resentful.

Our God created us in His image, He desires for us to see ourselves through His eyes. We live in a fallen world that constantly bombards us with unrealistic images of what we “should” be.

As a woman, life in this culture that highly values beauty can be a painful experience.

Television, magazines and movies are full of beautiful women with flawless skin, Hollywood white teeth, and size 2 bodies wearing exquisite clothing.

In my paranoia I think they are mocking me as if to say, “you will never be like me”.
And they are right.

I am unique. I am made in God’s image. I am called. I am chosen. I am beautiful -in my own way.

This is not to say that I will never again wrestle with comparison or that I have been cured of the desire to be different, look different, be thinner or whatever the discontent of the day may be.

It does mean that I have to make a choice.

I cannot live in relationship with God and deny that He made me in His image.

So, for this day I choose to believe and live as a reflection of Gods beauty and I embrace my uniqueness, knowing that my value lies in Him.

Have you wished yourself away this week? Drop me a comment and let me know….

Grace & Peace ~ Karen

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4 thoughts on “Wishes

  1. Cara-Renee Wolf says:

    I wish myself away every day. I never thought of the reality that it grieves Him. I must think on this. I don’t wish to look different or be a different size to somehow fit in this world but struggle with the ‘who I am’- the way I talk, the way I relate to people. Constant battle against the lies I believe. Thank you for this conversation. I will think on it more.

    • KAREN COOK says:

      Cara – Thanks for being vulnerable and sharing this struggle. I pray that as you pursue God that He will continue to speak His truths about who you are into your heart & soul. Keep me posted on how this goes for you…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wow. For a long time, I was “wishing myself” to be like a particular person on our worship ministry team (and this was just one of my many envies). It imprisoned me… and it was not until I completely let go of who I THOUGHT I wanted to be, and let God make me who HE wanted me to be, that He put me where He wanted me. In music and in writing. I remember one time in a sermon our very wise pastor said, “Not everyone could be Peter. Someone had to be Andrew.” We can’t all be the leader or the best singer or the best player or Beth Moore or Joyce Meyer or whoever. We must not only accept, but EMBRACE who God made us to be. Great post, my friend!

    • KAREN COOK says:

      Thanks Paula! There is so much freedom when we embrace who God made us to be and when we stop trying to be someone else. This took me a long time to figure out and the temptation to compare  myself still exists. This is a day by day surrendering for me. 

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