I imagined what it would be like to be a princess when I was a little girl. And like many little girls, I dreamed of the fancy ball gowns, sparkly crowns, royal palaces, and the dashing prince charming riding in on a white horse to save the day. I wanted the happily ever after that appeared to be the dream come true—the good life. Why do even the littlest of hearts long to be a part of a royal story?
Maybe it’s the beauty that attracts us. Maybe it’s the burning desire to feel treasured. Maybe it’s the yearning to belong.
Little girls grow up and realize that the movies and books are just fairy tales—make believe stories. Because in an aching world, who of us ever feels like every day is happily ever after?
What if the desire for happily ever after points to a greater story that is the real ever after we are designed for?
2000 years ago a humble King walked this earth not wearing a crown of jewels, but a crown of thorns. Not wearing a fancy robe, but carrying a wooden Cross on His way to conquer death.
He prepared the way for us to be a part of The Kingdom. The Prince of Peace came to our rescue.
With thorns piercing through His Head and nails pounded into His Body, the King hung and cried out, “It is finished.” Every sin, every stain—swallowed up in His Perfect Love.
His Body was broken for our freedom because He passionately loves us with an unfailing Love wrapped in Grace. He is the Risen Redeemer who offers us the gift of new life in Him and crowns us His heirs.
The reason we long to be a part of a royal story is because we were made for the Kingdom of God. We were made to commune with the King who truly satisfies.
Happily ever after may only happen in fairy tales, but joyfully ever after is no make believe story. It is a promise for all those who choose to put their trust in the King.
Rejoice, O people of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem!
Look, your king is coming to you.
He is righteous and victorious,
yet he is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt. ~Zechariah 9:9 (NLT)
King Jesus invites us to the real ever after and He asks:
“Will you come?”
The Kingdom of God is a place where pain is absent and rejoicing fills the streets of gold. It’s a place lined in perfect peace and radiant colors. It’s a place beaming with joy where feet dance to the tune of freedom. It’s our eternal home. It’s the place where every soul finds rest. It’s the real ever after that we desire, and sometimes we need little girls to remind us to keep longing for our King.
*top photo credit found here: The Little Umbrella