As a little girl, my favorite Disney princess was always Ariel. No one could compare to her. She had the best voice, she was a mermaid, the most fun songs, she was a mermaid, her impetuous nature reminded me of myself, she was a mermaid, etc. But as I have grown older I have found a much deeper appreciation for one of the oldest classics ever; Cinderella.
For those unfamiliar or rusty on the Disney version of Cinderella;
She starts out as a happy little girl with an adoring father. Father remarries severe woman with two daughters Cinderella’s age. Father passes away and stepmother ostracizes Cinderella, making her the family maid. Cinderella is treated cruelly, living in an attic with only the household pets and pests as her friends. But she maintains her optimistic attitude despite all these things. Later she marries a prince and lives happily ever after.
The reason I never liked Cinderella as a child was because she seemed to me to be a weak character. She didn’t do anything. She didn’t earn anything for herself. She didn’t fight. She took what was given to her. Didn’t complain or fuss about the indignity of it all. Ariel, on the other hand, fought the system. Ariel was rebellious and disobedient and, at times, disrespectful. For some reason, that attitude was very attractive to me as a child. Cinderella, though, was so much harder to appreciate. She was too quiet, too submissive. Too Christ-like.
When you really look at the story you see a wonderful analogy to what a Christian woman should be living like. In Cinderella we see the Christian. In her stepmother and stepsisters we see the evil of the world; telling her she’s not good enough, bringing her down with negativity, etc. In the cat…well, I just thought it was interesting that his name was Lucifer. In the glass slipper we see Christ. Salvation. In the Prince we see God, in becoming a princess we see Heaven. We cannot meet God, and cannot enter Heaven without Christ. In the same way, Cinderella cannot be with her one true love the Prince, or become his wife and a princess, without the glass slipper as proof of who she is.
Does this mean that every woman should be mistreated by her family? Or that we should take everything we are given without complaining or standing up for ourselves? Well, no. It does mean that we called to show respect to our parents (Colossians 3:20) and be in submission to others as Christ was (Hebrews 5:7). And it means that we have a glass slipper, we are princesses, and we’ve got a Prince.