There is a story written by Hans Christian Anderson called "The Princess And The Pea". The story is about a prince who wants to marry a real princess. He searches far and wide looking for one. He finds many who claim to be a real princess but he always discovers something is not quite right. They are not who they claim to be.
Discouraged, the prince returns home.
One night, during a terrible storm, there is a knock on the door. The King himself opens the door and discovers a very disheveled young woman standing on the doorstep. She is alone. Her hair is a mess. Her clothes are wet and dirty. However she claims to be a real princess. That's ridiculous! A real princess would not be out in a storm wandering about on her own! Where is her escort? Why is she not beautifully dressed with every hair perfectly arranged and in place? Where is her carriage? She can't be a real princess but she insists that she is.
The old queen decides to test her. She makes up her bed herself. She places a pea on the bedstead. Then she piles on twenty mattresses. Then she piles another twenty featherbeds on top of that.
The next morning the princess is asked how she slept. She has to be honest. She slept terribly and felt even worse. There was something hard in the bed. She tossed and turned and just couldn't get comfortable. This morning she had discovered she was black and blue all over. Immediately everyone knew she was indeed a real princess for no one but a real princess would have been so delicate as to have felt that pea.
If I claim to be a real princess meaning that I am child of God, would I pass the test? Am I sensitive to the Holy Spirit? What makes me a princess? The clothes (meaning my external actions) that I wear or is it who I am? Yes, my actions should always reflect Christ. However, I am not a because of my actions. I am a because
But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, Abba, Father. So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir. Galatians 4:4-7May I be a true of God and live my life accordingly...no matter what!
Oh and by the way, the same thing applies to Princes!
We are heirs of The King! God is so good! I can't wait to lay my crown at His feet and spend the rest of eternity praising and thanking Him uniterrupted by this world.
Thank you K; your blog is the center of my praise time today!
Amen. There is, of course, the other side of the coin with the king who had no clothes on but that is a story for another blog.
I had never heard of this fairy tale until my mom started saying she was like the princess. She could feel the slightest thing wrong when I would wrap her legs nightly to keep her lymphedema down. If there was one thing wrong, she would complain and make me start over. Some nights we would be there for 45 minutes trying to get it right. When done, she would usually comment that the "pea" was finally gone.
Yes, true princes and princesses need to be acutely aware of the moving of the Holy Spirit in our lives, as much so as my mom was aware of the out of place wrap. This is not complaining per se, but being sensitive to the Spirit.