Exactly what the fairy tale does is this: it accustoms him for a series of clear pictures to the idea that these limitless terrors had a limit, that these shapeless enemies have enemies, that these strong enemies of man have enemies in the knights of God, that there is something in the universe more mystical than darkness, and stronger than strong fear.
- G. K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
I read these words of Chesterton's with eagerness and hope because it articulates so precisely what good tales do, and the reason why they are not only a source of entertainment. Along with the journey the reader takes from page to page, these kinds of stories offer hope through imagination. A reminder that the darkest dark is not dark to our Creator.
The fears that blow-up to huge balloons in our lives block our view of the truth, which is exactly what Satan wants. He wants us to lose hope and perceive that fear cannot be overcome. He feeds us that idea that the enemy cannot be defeated.
Our enemy says.
And why would be listen to the taunts of our enemy?
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth,
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
That means our Lord is unsearchable by Satan as well. Why should we fear?
This is what good tales remind us.
Our darkest time can be defeated. We don't have to be big and strong and powerful. Our Creator is all those things for us.