Monday, October 17, 2011

A True Princess

"A True Princess

I stopped trying to look the perfect princess,

that handsome princess is no longer in my dreams;

it’s not that I think I deserve any less,

but I’ve learned what being a true princess means.

A princess may not be beautiful or fair,

a real prince may not be most handsome of all;

the princess may not make people stop and stare,

and the true prince may not be so fine and tall…

But a true princess has such beauty inside;

beauty that will never fade with age or time.

That prince in a palace he may not reside,

but to his dear princess he’d give his last dime.

A real princess will love her prince forever,

a true prince is faithful through laughter and pain;

Side-by-side they will serve the King together,

joyfully every after will they remain!"

In a world where love is painted as a feeling, often based on beauty or appearance, I think it's very important that we have a clear picture of what true love looks like. 
So many of young people today were raised in broken homes, and due to that and the "fairytale" ideals that our culture presents, we may find ourselves with a very broken view of love and romance- what should be a beautiful work of art is now a mere disfigured copy. It's fake, and it won't remain through the test of time and trial. True romance, the way God intended it, has been throw out and left in the dust- only to be replaced by a temporary, conditional love.
Now, we can settle for the replica hanging in the living room, or we can go out and pick up the beautiful painting laying out in the dust, brush it off, and re-establish it in it's rightful place of honor in our lives and homes.

But what is true love? How did God design romance? I think if we want to know how God designed something, it's best to go back to when He first created it, before it was thrown out of it's intended place of honor. It's time to go back to the very beginning (a very good place to start... lol... sorry... I have the Sound of Music in my ears...), to His first painted picture of romance. 
Genesis- the book of beginning for all but One, is a wonderful book. It reveals to us our Creator and His perfect design. It adds such meaning to life in that we know who the One true God is and that we were created for a purpose. But in order to help you stay focused I will try to stay as close as possible to the subject at hand.  
Let's look at this picture:

"So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God blessed them and said, 'Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.'" - Genesis 1:27-28

"The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. But the LORD God warned him, 'You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden-- except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.' Then the LORD God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.' So the LORD God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him. So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the LORD God took out one of the man's ribs and closed up the opening. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. 'At last!' the man exclaimed. 'This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called 'woman,' because she was taken from 'man.' This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one." -Genesis 2:15-24

From this we can see God's design: One man + One woman, becoming one together, forever. As long as they both live, they are still one and in the Creator's eyes, there is no separation of the two. 
"But," you might say, "that was before sin entered the world!" Yes, you are right. But what did God do in sending Jesus to earth? He brought restoration. Through Christ, He restores not only the relationship between God and man, but in every relationship. He brings us back to our original design and purpose.
Rather than talk about what is NOT God's design, I've decided to focus on what IS God's design. We know what the real picture looks like, so why are we even concerned about the disfigured and smudged copy brought in not as God's design, but through sin? We can clearly see what God's design is, and so anything but that is obviously not His will.  

Adam KNEW when woman (Eve) came along and that they were perfect for each other (and that none of God's other creations were right for him), He didn't have to go looking, because God saw his need and provided.  Yes, there was only one woman, but it is plain to see that he knew she was what he was missing and that they were designed for each other- and he was the first man, he couldn't look at anyone else's example, or at examples in the bible.

God is just as capable of providing for those living in His care today as He was then! Today we think we have to go searching for the right one, but in reality if we are following God's design in other things (not just concerning love and romance), this too will fall into place.
It's not like Thomas Edison, okay?  I mean, just because he was a very persistent and -eventually- successful man in his work doesn't mean we need to attempt to apply his method of trial and error to romance. Date till you find your mate? No, I don't think so. This only sets us up for divorce when/if we marry. Follow God and He will place that right one on your path in His time, if His plan for you is that you marry (We know from other bible passages that not all will). He knows what's best for us, and His will may not be for you to marry. But know that if His will is for you to remain single then He will give you joy and satisfaction in that." 

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