Snow White and Her Wisdom From Above

We saw Snow White and the Huntsman this weekend. It was beautifully filmed, and the story was engaging even though you know how it all ends. I highly recommend it, and it’s at the cheap theater now.

Stories like these make me sad, though. I want to see myself in characters like Snow White – graceful, kind, wise beyond her years, even after living in a prison tower for ten years.

But most of the time I see myself as the witch – controlling, bitter, vengeful. It’s depressing, really, how wicked my heart is, and how my inner struggle with selfish ambition, as stated below, affects all my closest relationships.

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:13-18

Oh the irony for us control freaks who desire to organize the world around our wants and cravings! In the end, our ambitions will only lead to broken relationships and chaos.

I may not be the kind and tender hearted Snow White, but I’m thankful that my wickedness will not be my undoing, thanks to Jesus, who died the ugly death of the witch in my stead.

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