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The Stroke of Midnight

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For a girl named Cinderella — Everything changed. Just. Like. That. 

Like Cinderella and her pumpkin, midnight had struck and I felt like I couldn’t find my shoe, my car was a gourd, my chauffeur was a mouse, and everything felt fake. The domino effect of the past two years had left so many of us looking at what we polished and finding it horribly fake. 

What we knew was — what? That we never knew anything. 

In a world with masks and rumors of wars and people hurting, haven’t we all stepped back to look? Like the shock wearing off after the bomb drops — and you are living in the aftermath of the make-believe. 

You know, I can’t tell you why the world is so difficult. I can’t give you rhyme or reasons. It wouldn’t matter if I could. All I can give you is what I do know. 


And in the middle of the fear, the blaming, the hurting, the changing — That. Is. Enough.

Knowing I know nothing is only new to me. Knowing it is fine that God knows everything, so I don’t have to ... Well, God already knew.

It makes it completely irrelevant that we don’t understand. If God knows what is next and we don’t, what has changed? 

Our minds. 

Our minds changed and opened up to an idea that we already know will send us into revival like we have never seen before. How freeing it is to not have to wonder what is next! When I catch myself feeling anxious, I turn my anxious heart towards something that now makes me laugh.


As things change, my heart changes pages to :

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (NIV)

I have far too many tattoos to claim myself any Cinderella, but I can tell you that change revealed to me much of the things it revealed to her. What was at the core of that? 

God was in control. STILL. 

As things change around you, whether that is just the state of the world or the state of your own world, remember that you don’t have to know the plan.

You don’t have to rely on anything but what you DO know. You know that God is good. You know that He is faithful, and you know that He can be trusted.

If you don’t, I know Him. He’s never let me down and I don’t expect Him to start with you. Today, if you are overwhelmed with life, I hope that you breathe. I hope that you rest in the fact that you do not need to know what’s next. 

We simply need to leave the worrying at the empty tomb, where all things are already done. No fairytale required. 

“Look at the birds in the sky! They don't plant or harvest. They don't even store grain in barns. Yet your Father in heaven takes care of them. Aren't you worth much more than birds?” ( CEV)

Copyright © 2021 Brooke Keith, used with permission.

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Brooke Keith 2023

This girl may look like she has it all together, but sometimes she is one of God’s most difficult sheep. Out of the 99, she’s the sheep that got lost, chewed the daisies, and bit the tires on the tractor. In fact, if she were to find herself in David’s pasture, he might have opened the gate on purpose! Thankfully, God is a merciful and loving Shepherd who never stops caring, using, or looking for his kids. Brooke is a long-time pastor and the author of Radically Red: Dare to Live the Words of Christ, Chrissie’s Shell and other titles. You may recognize her from your TikTok feed where she

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