They took her pretty clothes away from her, put an old grey bedgown on her, and gave her wooden shoes. Just look at the proud princess, how decked out she is, they cried, and laughed, and led her into the kitchen. There she had to do hard work from morning till night, get up before daybreak, carry water, light fires, cook and wash.. . In the evening when she had worked till she was weary she had no bed to go to, but had to sleep by the hearth in the cinders. And as on that account she always looked dusty and dirty, they called her Cinderella.
Likewise, we have a divine heritage though we may dress in rags or in riches. Cinderella suffered physically, mentally, and emotionally at the hands of uncaring people because of her goodness and beauty much as people today attack good values. Living the gospel is not easy. We face opposition at all sides. Some would have us forget who we are or see only the soot and ashes that cover us. Others would say the work is too hard or we do not need to work, we are entitled to a better life.
The Lord called this life and the gospel the refiner’s fire, a fire hot enough to temper and purify metals. By relying on the Lord we can handle the trials of life. He knows what we are going though and will help us succeed. It is alright for life to be difficult; it will refine us and make us worthy of the blessings God is waiting to to give us like the fairy godmother gave Cinderella the chance to go to a ball that would change her life.
Her step-sisters and the step-mother however did not know her, and thought she must be a foreign princess, for she looked so beautiful in the golden dress. They never once thought of cinderella. . . . And when she rose up the king’s son looked at her face he recognized the beautiful maiden who had danced with him and cried, that is the true bride.
If we hold out faithful to the end, we will also have our Happily Ever Afters.