While I was in Italy I bought a beautiful ruby studded brooch at an antique market. The experience was one I’ll never forget. I asked how much it cost and the man at the stall motioned for me to stop talking, led me across the street to a restaurant, rattled off some Italian with a few people, brought me back to the booth, took out a pen and paper and wrote down €5. I had 4. But he sighed and let me have it. I was so completely ecstatic about it. I thought, “this is what I’ll always have with me to remember Italy by!” I pinned it proudly right above my heart.
Then I lost it.
It fell off in a castle only a couple days later. My heart broke a little bit, and we tried to retrace our steps, but in the end I had to just let it go. Then when I came home I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I told Finn the story and he cried. And then a new little friend kept fluttering past my window to remind me of it. The ruby throated hummingbird. So pretty and shimmery. Clothed in riches from heaven. I kept picturing my treasure lost somewhere in that tiny kingdom in the Enchanted Forests and wishing I could be wearing it so I could match the hummingbird.
And then I began to realize the meaning of all this.
Matthew 6:26-33 “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
That last line is what really gets me. Because Beau has recently been going through an existential crisis which has culminated in a desire to live life on earth as if the kingdom of heaven is here. I won’t go into detail about his journey, but the whole idea is to seek out reconciliation with our broken world now. That when Christ died and rose again he created something new in our world here.
His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.
And that brings me right to where this whole year has seemed to bring me…Snow White. If you’ve followed along with this blog you’ll know that I’ve felt a very strong connection to her. Lucy (my older sister who has always called me snow white since we were children) took me to see Snow White and the Huntsman last Saturday. We adored it with every fiber of our being. After it finished Lucy said, “this movie was made for people like us.” There was so much to love but what has resonated with me, and what ties to the first part of this post, is one of her last lines.
“You cannot have my heart.”
The huntsman tells Snow White that she will be a queen in heaven, with angels by her side. When she awakes (resurrects) she is filled with a bright light that is ready to reclaim her kingdom. The writers had to have been thinking of Jesus’ sermon on the mount when they wrote this movie. Snow White says the Lords Prayer when she is locked in the tower, but Lucy noticed that she doesn’t say the line “Thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.” And I think that they were tying Snow White’s heart to His words a few verses later (Words I wrote out and painted for Sharon for her birthday!),
Matthew 6:20,21 “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
The evil Queen finds treasure in youth and beauty and scouring the earth with her dominion. But Snow White’s treasure is in heaven, and she goes there and returns to restore her Kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven.” The Queen cannot have her heart because it is stored in the restored kingdom she is ready to create. (And where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)
And then Jesus goes on to talk about clothing the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. He says you cannot add a single hour to your life by worrying (prolong life, youth), But to seek first His kingdom and all will be given to you. What a perfect metaphor for the Queen and Snow White!
He also talks about forgiving your enemies, and letting your light shine…the metaphors go on and on but the heart one is the one that’s really struck a chord with me.
And the huntsman in the original story is the one who refuses to give the Queen Snow White’s heart. I love how he is the one who teaches her to protect it.
SIGH. That’s as much spoiling as I’ll do. You have to go see it! (Be warned, though…It’s a love it or hate it type of movie so you may actually hate it.)
So anyway. I’m sure I’ve blabbered on enough to confuse anyone, but…
All that to say I’ve been thinking a lot about keeping my heart in heaven lately. And restoring the world around me to His Kingdom, in whatever ways that truly means for our family and me. Hummingbirds, medieval castles, ruby brooches, best friends, and Snow White leading the way.