The Hidden Princess

Miss Minchin: Don't tell me you still fancy yourself a princess? Child, look around you! Or better yet, look in the mirror. Sara Crewe: I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren't pretty, or smart, or young. They're still princesses. All of us. Didn't your father ever tell you that? Didn't he? ~From the movie "A Little Princess" (1995) There is something alluring about the idea behind stories such as "A Little Princess." Can't you feel it? Somewhere deep inside our hearts we want to be the little girl who is secretly a princess. As we go through the day to day mundane tasks some part of our heart knows that we were created for more than this. We were created for more than just grocery shopping, school, laundry, budgets. Our story is much like Sarah's. We were created for much more than this world can offer, but when the fall happened we ended up trapped here in a fallen world with a gaping hole in the center of our hearts. We are dethroned princesses living in a world that treats us much like Cinderella. Somewhere along the line we forgot who we were created to be. Like Hansel and Gretel we lost our way and couldn't find the trail of crumbs. We strived, we reached, we primped and pampered, trying to fill that void. But it wouldn't do. In "A Little Princess" (the movie version) Sarah's father eventually comes back for her, taking her away from her miseries. Her fortune is returned and she is once again a Princess, as she always knew she was. Friends, this is our storybook ending as well. We are all Princesses. We were created to be Daughters of the King of the Universe! And with Jesus as our savior, one day we'll be able to go home, away from miseries and hardships. It is of the greatest importance that we let this sink into our hearts today. God longs for you to know the truth about who you are, who you were made to be. During my internship at a nursing home I met Liza. She was compassionate, energetic, funny. But Liza was also an invalid. She was trapped, like all of us in a body and world that didn't do her justice. She smiled, and when she smiled it was as if she knew a secret, a secret that kept her going even when most of us could not. See, she was a Christian, and she knew without a doubt that God loved her, and that she was a princess, a daughter of the King! So even in her miseries and hardships she whistled on happily knowing that this was not all there was to life. People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


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