Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is a full one and a half hours long. After all that action, the prince finally meets Cinderella.
Their meeting is extremely coincidental, and he meets her at the point where his royal carriage was about to run her over. The prince, on realizing it is indeed Cinderella, gives her a royal apology. At which Cinderella replies: “I am sure they were going somewhere very important.”
The irony Cinderella’s statement is that that “somewhere very important” that the prince’s entourage was going to happens to be her heart! The prince had been searching all over the land for Cinderella! And now he had finally found her. He had arrived at the end of His quest.
It is exactly as it happened with the Lord Jesus and us. Much of the time we do not think we are worthy enough for him. But our Lord did more than Cinderella’s prince did for our sake: He came down to earth and died for us, because of love.
We are more loved by God than even the heavenly hosts can contemplate. We cannot begin to think of we understanding it, unless it is revealed to us by the most incredible grace! None of us can really know the importance that God attaches to us. Let us just say that we are all, individually, the final destination of God’s profound quest.
“‘Tis mystery all: th’Immortal dies
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine.
‘Tis mercy all! Let earth adore.
Let angel minds inquire no more.”*
In vain, indeed, would even the firstborn seraph try to sound the depths of such love – the love that would make the True Prince, Jesus, to make me the end of His quest.
* Charles Wesley – And Can It Be That I Should Gain