The other day as I was considering Jesus’ time on Earth, I thought it was interesting how He had the power and abilities that fairy tales try to imitate and of which dreams consist. How many fairy tales are about a fairy godmother, genie, prince, magic frog, magic fish, magic wand, etc.? The dream is that some ordinary person is transformed into someone extraordinary. Why do we all gravitate towards those stories? Because, we all want to imagine it happening to us. Why do people spend money at the lottery? Why do people fill out sweepstake’s forms? It all comes down to that we hope to have that one-in-a-million winning lottery ticket or have that one-in-a-million winning sweepstakes. Why? Because the thought of being a millionaire sounds like the answer to all our present woes. Right? Doesn’t money solve most problems? Ask the former winners. They just might show you something different.
If it’s not wealth, we all wish we were extraordinarily beautiful. But wait! Why then do the celebrities, if they marry, have marriages that normally end within the first year, if that. Those who act like they have it all have so little in what really counts.
So if happiness isn’t found in beauty, fame, or fortune, what then? Why then do we seek it so much? Why then is wealth, prestige, and beauty what fairy tales present as the answer to “living happily ever after”?
Compare fairy tales to what Jesus did on Earth. He had the power to grant those human desires of everyone. I found it interesting though that nowhere is it mentioned that Jesus bestowed gifts or money upon the adoring crowds. He did send Peter to find a coin in a fish’ mouth to pay taxes. He did feed the hungry. Mostly, we read that he healed the sick, dead, and maimed. Above that yet, he always sought to heal the crowds spiritual needs. By observing what Jesus did, we find what He found truly important and necessary to man’s true well-being. Jesus showed that our spiritual well-being is the most important. He also demonstrated that in order to meet spiritual needs, you also have to meet genuine physical needs often. He didn’t spend all His time meeting physical needs, but He did a lot of that in order to then meet the individual’s spiritual needs.
Perhaps, we can learn from this that it’s not about the gifts we receive, it’s not about who has the best job, it’s not about having the nicest things, it’s not about being the prettiest or most popular. Perhaps, it’s time, we made the change from fictitious fairy tales about genies to faith in a living God. What do our dreams and priorities reveal about us?
As Christmas rapidly approaches, may I be reminded that my happiness is not found in the gifts I receive but in the best Gift of all — the Lord Jesus, my Savior and God!