What the Royal Wedding Can Mean For You
How beautiful was the royal wedding?! It blows my mind that the whole world tunes in to watch a marriage ceremony and every conversation with a stranger starts with the question, "Are you going to watch the royal wedding?!" It's magical. And the fact that Meghan Markle is a girl from the United States, she literally has no claim to royalty on her own, makes it that much more amazing. Only because of love is she now the Duchess of Sussex.
I am stunned by that idea and all I could think when she was walking down the aisle was what could be going through her head? Is the reality that she is now royalty setting in?! I can't even imagine. But yet, somehow, part of me can imagine.
Something inside my heart leaps when I see someone crowned with honor.
When I was a little girl, I had a Princess Diana cut out paper doll that I would dress in paper clothes with little tabs on them. I would stay entertained for hours on a Saturday just dressing the princess. I would pretend to be a princess all the time, twirling and dancing and wearing tiaras. I would watch movies about princesses and adventures of faraway places (still do) and daydream of what it would be like to find out I was actually royalty.
I didn't know where the desire came from, it was just deep in my soul. Part of my makeup. This longing to be known, to be adored, to be loved. I love this quote from one of my favorite books:
“We desire to possess a beauty that is worth pursuing, worth fighting for, a beauty that is core to who we truly are. We want beauty that can be seen; beauty that can be felt; beauty that affects others; a beauty all our own to unveil.” ― Stasi Eldredge, Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul
One of my favorite verses is Psalm 103:2-4, "Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits...who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion..." That is so beautiful to me. He crowns me with his very own love.
A love that reached down from heaven and gave everything for me to be rescued, redeemed, and brought into His family.
Just like the Duchess of Sussex, I have no claim to royalty on my own. But the love of God has made me His own and because of that love, I am royalty. I have been given not just a title, but an identity as a daughter of THE King. The titles of this world are given by men and can be taken away by men, but God gives an identity that no man can ever take away.
The love of God has made me His own and because of that love, I am royalty.
Maybe there's something in your heart that aches with longing or even jealousy when you see all the eyes of the world on Meghan. But listen to me: The eyes of the Creator of the universe are on YOU! You are the apple of His eye!
Psalm 33:18 says, "But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, those who hope in his unfailing love." People are ever changing, they can love you today and hate you tomorrow. But the love of God will never change or fade and to have his attention is more amazing and wonderful than to have the attention of the entire world.
The eyes of the Creator of the universe are on YOU! You are the apple of His eye!
Maybe you feel like you are unknown, uncelebrated, not pretty enough, accomplished enough, important enough. Maybe your heart needs a reminder of who God says you are. Worthy, loved, beautiful, seen and known, important, treasured, wonderful, precious, HIS.
Straighten your crown. Know you're worth as royalty.
I'll end with this last quote:
“A woman in her glory, a woman of beauty, is a woman who is not striving to become beautiful or worthy or enough. She knows in her quiet center where God dwells that he finds her beautiful, has deemed her worthy, and in him, she is enough.” ― John Eldredge, Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul
Our hearts were created with the longing to be known and loved and adored and instead of denying that deep desire, let’s run to Jesus to fulfill it. Let’s find our worth in the realities of heaven and the truth that we are royalty, we have been seated with Christ, we are the apple of His eye.
When we know our true identity and worth, we can actually make a difference in this world because we’ll be able to love others with God’s love, tell them their true identity, and see them straighten their crown.
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