No, I have not viewed the Little Mermaid recently (since the 90s), nor do I think of it often. But, as I was lying in bed Saturday morning, it came to mind. I'm thinking something jabbed my squishy self, and up popped the visual recollection of the prince steering the pointy bow of his boat into the inflated evil sea witch, which "popped" and deflated her. Anyway...
If you have not seen the movie, all you need to know of the plot is this: A mermaid, daughter of the mermaid king, falls in love with a human. She bargains with the evil sea witch and is granted legs for three days to try and win the human's love. The mermaid fails. The sea witch wins and grows with power. The human kills the witch. And, the mermaid king grants his beloved daughter legs, instead of her fin, so that she can marry the human.
Isn't this so like us?! Instead of going straight to God in the first place, our heavenly Daddy, with what we want, we try to get what we want through selfish or evil means. We barter with evil! We should know how foolish that is -- evil has its own plans and just uses us to increase in power. We will never win that battle (trying to beat evil by ourselves in hopes of gaining what we want). And, after that battle is lost, it is the good King, the father, that grants the wish.
How about we just skip the whole middle mess, bargaining with evil, and take our dreams straight to Daddy, the King of the Universe?
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? ~ Romans 8:32