Every young girl dreams of becoming a princess. When my sister and I were young, we’d pretend to be royals every night in the room we shared. We were supposed to be sleeping, but instead we’d have the sheets wrapped around us as our royal robes. We’d imagine ourselves dancing at the ball and having beautiful crowns placed upon our heads. Of course I was first to become the queen, because I was the oldest. I was also the most spoiled.
It’s easy to pretend that we’ve been born into a royal family and that all our needs are attended to. Every meal has been prepared to our liking and our clothes the best money can buy. In the real world, we have to work for the things we need and want and those things don’t always come easy. Many times we do without them so that we can simply survive.
Jesus didn’t have to leave His royal throne behind and become a child born into poverty. He didn’t have to suffer humiliation and a horrible death, but He did, because it was the only way for us to survive. His kingdom includes all the heavenly realms and everything in the entire universe, but He gave it all up so that we could become part of the royal family of God. We’ve all become His princes and princesses through the sacrifice He made for us.
In this world there will be strife and trouble. Reality is not beautiful. It’s not covered with gems and royal garb for most of us. We often have to be crushed before we can see the glory of the true wealth we’ve possessed right from the beginning of our existence.
My dream of being a princess didn’t always take the path I wanted to go, but I know that I have a crown waiting for me in heaven – one purchased with the blood of my heavenly prince.