To be a princess  (Nov 2016)
Scribblings - Apr 1, 2021 Author: Jeanette Green

To be a princess (Nov 2016)

I watched a repeat broadcast of 'The Princess Diaries' with my mom. Like the previous times I’ve seen it, I quickly slipped into the same blissful relaxation the movie induced in me before. But this time, I got more out of watching the movie than I bargained on. Because for the whole week afterward, God used the story-line of the film to speak to me.

This is what He helped me to understand through the movie:
I was just a girl. Then Jesus saved me and I became born again. All of a sudden I was not only a citizen of another country (Heaven), I was a princess! And I knew nothing about being a princess. Urgent intervention I needed. I had to be groomed as a princess with the hopes that I would grow into a responsible co-heir of the Kingdom of Heaven.

In the world, I was never much loved. I was different and never fitted in. Because even though I didn’t know it yet, I was always a citizen of Heaven. When the world found this out about me, I was ridiculed, even hated. Experiencing such rejection was nasty. It was not what I signed up for!
Meanwhile, because I have lived in this world for such a long time, I also felt uncomfortable being a citizen of Heaven. My old habits came naturally and being a princess, not.

God daily worked on me. I didn’t like the process, one bit. On the other hand, the enemy turned on his fake charm and tried to make me fall in love with him, instead. When charm didn't work, he tried to deceive me, tried to trick me into disqualifying myself. But God urged me to remember who I was, whose I was. And not to let the enemy's lies rob me of my destiny.

As I matured in faith, God’s shaping of my life bore fruit. I felt more at ease with being a princess. And I learned that rulers of countries (including princesses) had to serve the needs of the people. Their own interests had to be their last concern. They sacrificed much, yet gained the position of influence that changed lives.

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” ~Ambrose Redmoon”

How this lesson helped me
Growing up I hated any form of discipline. And when I was harshly disciplined, I rebelled. So it was no surprise, that when I got acquainted with my Good Shepherd’s rod and staff, I rebelled, too. As I matured in faith, I learned that I had to make peace with being disciplined by God. After all – God disciplines those He loves.
This lesson was very special to me. God knew I had a childhood fantasy of being a princess, and used it to help me understand how He was shaping me. Even though I was no miss-perfect, and so far from a princess in this world’s terms, He, knowing all my flaws, made me his child, a co-heir with Christ, a princess.

Prayer:
Father God, thank you for making us Your children, and co-heirs with Christ. Father, help us to submit to your discipline in our lives. And help us to see it for what it is – our loving Father, shaping us into the new creation we are. Father, please give us an understanding of what it means to be citizens of Heaven. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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