I have never been a “girly girl*.” The few pink things that I enjoy are strawberry lemonades/smoothies, the inside of a medium-rare steak, bubble gum, and the second dot in Flickr’s logo. The only makeup I own and know how to apply is a handful of containers of nail polish. I tried to read Pride and Prejudice, but could barely make it through the first chapter. I work at Home Depot, and am proud of the fact that I can lift bags of mulch, pieces of lumber and 60 lb bags of concrete without any help. My childhood consisted of playing outside, taking on boys in sports, catching frogs, and being called a princess.
I have yet to watch a Disney movie where the princess does not have a “happily ever after.” Or any chick-flick. The “happily ever after” comes after she is swept off her feet by her prince and challenges are overcome. It is easy in everyday life to view your “happily ever after” as a day far off in the future, a day that will only happen when x, y, and z are completed. Perhaps it is when you will get your dream job, or perhaps it is your wedding day that still seems as if it is an eternity away (especially if you are still single while your friends start to get married). Perhaps your “happily ever after” will come after you’ve overcome an addiction or faced a fear that has gripped your soul for far too long.
I say that today is your “happily ever after.” I know that your heart is probably full of confusion, hurt, disappointment, unanswered questions, and dreams that have yet to be fulfilled; yet your heart also holds peace, joy, happiness, and excitement. I can say that with confidence because my heart is the same way. There is no prince in sight to sweep me off of my feet, but he’s not here yet because he probably still has some dragons to slay. People say and do things that are hurtful, but you can release them into the beauty of forgiveness. I eagerly anticipate the days when more of my dreams can be fulfilled, but how I choose to live today will determine what the future looks like.
I am still a princess, not simply because my mom has called me that since I was a baby. I am still a princess because my Daddy is the King of Kings. Because of the goodness of God, I am here today, alive, & free from sin and full of love, faith, joy, and hope. I have wonderful memories and a future ahead of me that is held by the hands of my Creator. It has not been an easy journey up until now—my heart still bears the now-healed scars from previous hurts—and the future will not always be easy, but who said that adventures would be easy? “Explode my soul, explode with praise” because a few years ago, you couldn’t imagine being here today after first seeing the trials you would have to overcome. A few years ago, you didn’t know what it meant to become freer in how you worship God. You didn’t realize how beautiful you are, or that the deepest hurts from others can be forgiven and healed.
Drop whatever is preventing you from living today as your “happily ever after.” Leave it at the foot of the Cross. Once you do that, you are free, and “whom the Son sets free is free indeed” (John 8:36). You only get to experience today one time in your entire life, so why would you want to live it as anything but full of joy?
Today is my “happily ever after” simply because I am a child of God. My identity is found in Him alone.
Mi nombre es Susan, y yo soy una princesa.
*Over the past year or so, I was in circumstances that required me to dress up–weddings, a funeral, job interviews, certain photography events, etc. I even bought a purse with a ruffle on it. EVEN SO, I am still a complete tomboy at heart.