I Believe In Unicorns 

Regular readers of the blog will have known that our youngest daughter, Rebecca, celebrated her 11th birthday a few days ago. The festivities have lasted the best part of a week culminating yesterday in a trip to the ‘Disney On Ice’ show in Belfast. There she was entertained by a flying Peter Pan, Ariel the Mermaid and Olaf the Snowman. And Fionnuala was horrified at paying £9 for a bucket of popcorn and a set of plastic Mickey Mouse ears. Let it go. Just let it go!

On Thursday night she had a pyjama/onesie party with her closest friends. And before anyone asks I don’t own a onesie and have no intention of ever owning one. What struck me at the party was the current unicorn craze amongst young girls. We have unicorn onesies, unicorn pillows, unicorn headphones. In fact anything you can think of. Unicorns are taking over the world. I had always thought it was going to be a zombie apocalypse that was going to end civilisation as we knew it. But I was wrong. It’s actually going to be unicorns.


I’m not sure if there were any unicorns on the Ark. But if there were then Noah’s journey on the waters would have undoubtedly been a much more enjoyable experience. Why? Because unicorns seem to bring joy and happiness wherever they appear. Just ask any little girl. Or perhaps the occasional boy. They are not just mythical flying horses with ice cream cones stuck to their foreheads. They symbolise hope and love and better times. They are a beacon of light in an otherwise bleak world. 

Nobody knows who came up with the idea of unicorns. Just like nobody knows exactly who came up with Father Christmas, The Tooth Fairy or the Easter Bunny. But they all play a central role in the lives of our little ones. We tell them the stories, perform the traditions and answer their million and one questions on the subjects. They are at the heart of many of our most treasured family memories. Until that terrible day when it stops. When they stop believing. And then all we can do is relive the memories until, hopefully, a few grandchildren appear and we can do it all over again. 

We place such emphasis on these mythical creatures. They bring joy to our homes. Yet do we place the same emphasis on God? Do we place Jesus at the centre of our homes?Is he pushed aside at Easter and Christmas in favour of six foot rabbits and men with white beards and dodgy fashion sense? For let’s face it, if it wasn’t for Jesus there would be no Easter or Christmas. And while some see him also as a make believe figure in this increasingly secular world, it is a recognised historical fact that a man called Jesus walked the earth two thousand years ago. Can’t say that about the Tooth Fairy can you?

The next hurdle is was he just that, a man, or was he more than that? Was he the son of God? The explosion of Christianity to topple the Roman Empire literally overnight would strongly suggest that there is more to it than meets the eye. But at the end of the day it all boils down to faith. Believing in the unseen; believing that there is more to life. Because we all desperately want to believe in that. Just like an expectant child charges down the stairs on Christmas morning. They believe they will be gifts behind that door. They believe it more than anything else.

Jesus came to earth and gave us the greatest gift of all; his life. He died for us and by giving up his life offered us eternal life. All he asks for in return is that we believe in him. We can learn a lot from children and Jesus encouraged his followers to display a child like belief. Because there is a better life. There is a future no matter how dark our present might appear. We just need to take His hand and dare to believe.

I’m not sure I believe in unicorns. But I believe in everything they stand for. Hope, love and joy. For those words are Jesus. And I believe in him.

John 14:1 – ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.’

Do you believe in Jesus?

How would you describe your relationship with him?

What mythical creature did you love as a child?

20 thoughts on “I Believe In Unicorns 

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  1. I know Jesus, and I am so grateful. And yes, I still believe in unicorns, even more in my old age. Just because I can’t see something, doesn’t mean it isn’t there -I am so happy your little one had a great, magical birthday.

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  2. Brother, I thought this was so funny because my daughter turned 7 last month and also had a unicorn themed party! Whew this is going to take over the world. Prettier then brain eating zombies!

    I love how you brought this topic to the Gospel, especially with the mythical creatures comparison. It’s imperative that we give this distinction to the lost. I spent well over a decade in church, basically worshipping the god I created in my own image…he was a lot like Santa clause. One day a discerning saint sent me a sermon where the pastor explained that the difference between pretending to be a believer and actually being saved was not perfection, but the hatred of sin. I didn’t hate my sin, I loved my sin. My world revolved around the sinful pride of life, and lust of the flesh. It wasn’t vomit, it was a feast to me. I knew then that I was not saved. I remember so clearly saying to my husband that night (we watched the sermon together) ‘I don’t think I’m saved’ and he said back ‘oh, I know I’m not’. It was nearly midnight on the 4th of July 2015. I’ll never forget that night, while the rest of America celebrated freedom, God gave me freedom from my sins.

    Now, I do still sin, I’m not perfect, but I hate that sin. It is vomit, it is disgusting. My life revolves around Christ. I use to hate prayer, reading scripture, and going to church. Those are the very highlights of my life now. He saved me, not because of anything I did, but because of His grace! Spurgeon said he could live a thousand lifetimes worshipping Christ and it still wouldn’t be enough, I think I probably couldn’t say it any better.

    God bless you brother, grace and peace to you from the Father!

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  3. Thanks for taking me on a journey into childhood remembering my excitement and expectancy I felt believing in these imagery characters and their ability to bless me. Also for reminding me that every day as I walk with Christ on this journey I live in expectancy; of answered prayers, fulfilled dreams and life eternal. The best is yet to come!!!!!:)

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  4. That’s so great that your daughter loves unicorns. I think every little girl is drawn to horses or unicorns and the like. As a kid, I always wished mermaids were real and that I could become one.

    And I’m with ya regarding Jesus… My relationship with Him has been growing for about 27 years now and has had ample hills and valleys. But I am confident in His existence and all that He came to do for us and teach us!

    Btw, I meant to congratulate you on your book! Do keep us all in the loop on that! 🙂

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  5. As a young girl it had to be unicorns for me too! And since the day I learned about the Holy Trinity my faith has been growing – each minute of each day as He reveals Himself in so many ways. Your question, “We place such emphasis on these mythical creatures. They bring joy to our homes. Yet do we place the same emphasis on God? Do we place Jesus at the centre of our homes?” Is something we all need reminded of at some point in our lives. It is fun to believe in mythical creatures but that is indeed temporary – not only believing but having a strong faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior is eternal.

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  6. Most “mythical” creations came from many religions. Do we believe in these things because they bring us joy, or do they bring us joy because we believe in them???
    It’s a question plato has asked over again (not so much about unicorns, but faith and personal opinion).
    Do we believe that something can bring such clarity to our lives and such joy because they are depicted that way? Or were they depicted that way to help bring us clarity and joy?

    I think this post was an amazing segway in to your faith. Things aren’t often clear to us, as humans… Sometimes we look towards something else to create happiness in our lives… But, do we do this with the things that mean the most to us???

    Idk, maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about lol

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  7. The unicorn is actually mentioned 9 times in the bible. 🙂 I know the first time I came across it in Job 39, I was so delightfully surprised! My son informed me the bible scholars believe it refers to the rhino because it is referred to with such strength. Each verse does seem to support that. Thought Rebecca might like to know they are bible characters too! That makes them real! God’s word is true! 🙂

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