Snow White had some companions. Yes, the 7 dwarfs. They each had a specific name and that’s how they lived their life.
Bashful — Long beard — Brown top, green hat, long eyelashes
Doc — Short beard — Red tunic, brown hat, glasses
Dopey — Beardless — Green tunic, purple hat, big ears
Grumpy — Long beard — Red tunic, brown hat, scowl
Happy — Short beard — Brown top, orange headpiece, smile
Sleepy — Long beard — Green top, blue hat, heavy eyelids
Sneezy — Short beard — brown jacket, orange headpiece, red nose
I think that I have been a little bit like all the dwarfs. Really. When I first saw the Disney movie, “Snow White” I enjoyed all of the dwarf characters. Dwarf Dopey was the cutest to me. I liked his big ears. Doc was wise and commanded respect. Happy is what I always wanted to be. But sometimes, well more often than the rest, I was Dwarf Grumpy.
From an early childhood, I had trouble getting out of bed and getting ready for school. Mom often lovingly called me Grumpy. As the day progressed, the grumpiness left me and the day was a lot better for me. I began to take the likeness of Dwarf Happy.
Those are childhood memories. Life goes on and we all grow up and have to live an adult life. I don’t think any longer at the dwarfs but rather look at these kinds of things.
Pain – We all have it from time to time and it is dressed in both mental and physical
Despair – Colored in the garment of No Hope
Turmoil – Sorry but this one should be also named, “Ugly”
Sickness – His clothes are torn and tattered
Focus – He is also called “The Wanderer”
Purpose – He has a lot of questions and some of them seem never to be answered.
Family – Another name for this one could be “Joy” or not
It quite a change from the Disney film isn’t it. Our lives take so many different paths. Each day is filled with choice and change. Success and failure. Joy and Sadness. I can go on and on but I think you get the picture. But friend, there is hope in the chaos of the world. We can get back on track and fulfill our specially designed purpose. The Bible says this, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
You might be saying that “it can’t be this simple because you don’t know what I face each day. I wake up frustrated and then the day goes from there. Somedays I’m OK, but most of the time I am either blasting off in anger or cuddled in a corner of despair.” I tell you friend, I’ve been there. But I’ve learned that there is a way for you to start over. And that is with guidance and direction. Hope renewed in the Name of Jesus. Yes, that’s the way. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.” (John 6:48} and Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6) I believe that this is what gets me from day to day. You see, it’s not my garment that I put on every morning, but rather the garment of Jesus Christ. It is a garment of praise. “The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” (Isaiah 61:3)
Friend, we don’t live in a fairy tale. I know that. But what we have is a Way. We can face each morning with the promises of God or not. I choose God’s Holy Word to start my new day. Do I forget sometimes? Yes. I’m not perfect. But God…does not hold it against me because He is merciful and His grace has me covered. Let me pray for you.
Heavenly Father. Thank You for Your new mercies each day. There is hope in You and the promises of Your Word. Lord, turn our eyes and heart towards You each day. You order our steps, may we remain in Your hand and walk with You. Give us strength to face each day as we trust in You. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Don’t believe me. Believe God!