"....... for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust" Psalm 103:14

Princess by design

Photo by Church of the King on Unsplash
I love a good royal wedding. I wasn't able to watch the whole Harry and Meghan extravaganza on the night, because we had committed to attend a friend's 40th birthday party. I saw the beginning (and most of the amazing sermon) but then I had to drag myself away from the TV. It was okay, I knew I'd be able to see plenty of it in replay over the days to come.

Soaking up the glitz and glam
The morning after Harry and Meghan tied the knot, as my husband and I had our usual Sunday morning breakfast at one of our local cafés before church, I devoured the 8-page colour guide in the newspaper (on special glossy paper too!!) with great delight - the photos, the stories, the description of the stunningly elegant Givenchy dress and the 53 flowers of the Commonwealth countries adorning the veil and train, the sweet page boys and gorgeous flower girls. Yes, the whole "actress becomes princess" fairytale deal.

Watching, reading, admiring - it satisfied my love of all things glitz, glam and stunning to see the dress, the veil, the train, the adoring look of the groom as he saw his bride walking down the aisle, the moving moments as Meghan walked solo into the church, then the kindness of Prince Charles to accompany her through the quire (I know, new word for all of us), and the sweet moment when Harry said "Thank you Pa" as his bride arrived. It was all just.......... LOVELY.

Why does it delight me?
I said these words to my husband (as he read the rest, less glitzy parts, of the newspaper) "Aahhh, I love a good royal wedding".

But then I wondered, why?? Why do I love it so??

That was my next question. "Why do you think that is?" I asked. "Am I somehow weird or needy or lacking in something that this all appeals so much to me? That I love to devour all the details even after the event is over?"

My husband didn't miss a beat. "Not at all. It's how you're designed", he said. And then he reminded me of some things.

Firstly, C.S. Lewis, in his book Mere Christianity said this:
If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.

Another world? What world would that be?

Well, how about this, from 1 Peter 2:9.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.

A royal priesthood. Royalty.

And this from Ephesians 1:5.
..... he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ according to the purpose of his will.....

Adopted by God. A daughter of the King, a royal princess, adopted into God's heavenly kingdom.

That's the other world for which I was made.

True royalty
Would I want to be married into the British Royal Family? Not in a million years! Would I like to experience, for a day, the pomp and ceremony of being a royal princess? The clothes? The jewels? The lavish care of an attentive staff? The glitz and glam? I'm sure I'd love it, but I also think the novelty would wear off pretty quickly.

On the other hand, do I want to be a daughter of the King of Kings? Royalty forever? A princess in the truest sense of the word?

Absolutely.

4 comments

  1. It can be hard to remember that we are daughters of the King in the hum-drum of everyday life. Doesn't feel so glitzy or glam as what we see on TV about Kate and Meghan! I suppose that God's kingdom is quite different to any of this world though. I wonder what it looks like, to live like the daughters of the King we are, if it's not about glitz or glam?
    P.s. You worked out the quotes thingy!! Well done :-) xox

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    1. How about this for starters?? https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/live-like-sons-and-daughters-of-the-king :) xx

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  2. I can't begin to imagine the restricted life she's married into Sue. But at the same time there is the love of Harry, the wealth, the privilege etc to help balance things out. I guess we all do extraordinary things for love (because that's what we're made for).
    I loved the wedding too - so elegant and she comported herself beautifully. It's nice to see things done with discretion and taste rather than some of the tacky displays of wealth we see from musicians and actors.

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    1. Let's just hope she doesn't end up down the same rabbit hole as Diana :(

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