For God is the triumphant King; all the powers of the earth are his.~Psalm 47:7 TPT
My great-grandmother was a cousin to Japan’s Emperor.
But because she fell in love with and married a commoner, they stripped her of all entitlements as a member of the royal family. She lost her title and a home in the palace where they provided for her every need. Her love for my great-grandfather prevailed against her desire to maintain a royal status. For the sake of love, she willingly accepted an impoverished life.
In her later years, after the children had grown and her husband had passed away, the emperor welcomed her back. My mother would visit her grandmother at the palace, but never shared what they talked about. I often wondered if she told my mom that the sacrifices she made for love were worth it, because my mother also went against tradition and married my father, an American soldier.
I used to daydream about the what ifs. What if my great-grandmother married a man within her station? Would my mother have gone against tradition too, or followed in her grandmother’s footsteps? How might my life have differed? Even though “blue blood” runs through my veins, it’s of no consequence. This known fact does not entitle me to any riches, honor, or special privileges.
He destined us to be adopted as His children through the covenant Jesus the Anointed inaugurated in His sacrificial life. This was His pleasure and His will for us.~Ephesians 1:5 The Voice
As God’s princess, I have His essence running through my very core, and He is one with my spirit. He provides me with security by going before me and being my rear guard (Isaiah 52:12). His Spirit counsels me and provides redirection when I travel a wrong or dangerous path, along with many other benefits.
The King, my Father in Heaven, ensures I am provided for, lacking nothing (Psalm 34:10). As a loving Father, He always forgives my mistakes (Hebrews 8:12) and loves me unconditionally (Jeremiah 31:3). And during my younger rebellious years, He remained faithful, waiting for me to run back into His arms (2 Timothy 2:13).
I don’t need a palace, money, or servants to have all my needs met–only my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Instead of dwelling on the what ifs–dreaming of an earthly life with status and one that will soon pass away–my heart shouts a praise of thanksgiving that Jesus chose me before I was in my mother’s womb (Galatians 1:15) and adopted me into His royal family.
Do you focus on the past and the “what ifs,” or do you set your sights on Jesus and His promises?
Heavenly Father, help me keep my eyes forward and not dwell on my past. Let me focus on the plan You have for my life every day, knowing that You are walking this journey with me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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