In a land not her own, there lived a young princess and her beloved treasure.
This treasure accompanied the princess from the moment her tiny feet hit the floor in the morning and stayed by her side as she lay sleeping at night.
The little princess cherished her treasure both in her arms and in her heart. She cared for it gently and expected others to do so as well.
She protected it from dirt and from harm. When it was in trouble, she rescued it. When it was hurt, she mended it. When it was soiled, she washed it clean. And when it was lost, she found it and brought it home.
No matter the condition in which her treasure found itself, the princess saw nothing but beauty. To the rest of the world, it was nothing special. To the princess, it was priceless.
In her limited abilities, this princess imitated her Father’s great and mighty love. Without knowing it, she responded to her treasure in the same way her Father responds to her. While she had other possessions, she understood the difference between all other things and her precious treasure.
“You have seen…how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine.”
However, this foreign land has a way of stripping the value of true treasure and placing it, instead, on perishable things. Due to the loud and overwhelming voices of this world, many princesses walk this land feeling unimportant, forgotten, worthless, and unloved. They witness the objects and behaviors that get praised and valued, and they see themselves as falling short.
Daughters of the King, believe the words of your Father, not the words of this world.
Your Father has chosen you. He has known you since the creation of the earth. He has looked upon you lovingly, regardless of your conditions. His love never fails, never changes, and never ends.
He loves you so much that he sent His precious Son, who is the very “radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being” (Hebrews 1:3),into this same foreign land that you find yourself in. His beloved Son, “rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him” (1 Peter 2:4), was sent with an incomprehensible mission to save you through His own innocent blood and death.
“Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.”
1 Peter 1:17
Princesses, you are valued by your Father, the living God. No matter how expensive, the things of this land are priced and bought with limited and perishable currency. Daughters of the King were priced and bought with immeasurably more; with the pain, suffering, and death of Christ.
To your King and your Savior, you are worth that price. Do not ever let this world take away that truth. As the princess treated her valued treasure, even more so does your Father treat you.
“For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them.As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness…I will tend them in a good pasture…I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down. I will search for the lost and bring back the strays.
I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak…I will save my flock, and they will no longer be plundered. I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David will be prince among them. I will bless them and the places surrounding my hill. They will know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke and rescue them from the hands of those who enslaved them. They will no longer be plundered by the nations, nor will wild animals devour them.
They will live in safety, and no one will make them afraid. Then they will know that I, the Lord their God, am with them and that they are my my people, declares the Sovereign Lord. You my sheep, the sheep of my pasture, are people, and I am your God, declares the Sovereign Lord.”
Ezekiel 34:11,12,15, 16,22,24,26-28,30,31
Lord, we “fix our eyes on you, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before You endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
Be blessed by part 2 of this beautiful series by Samantha DeJaynes, The Royal Compass: Letters from Daddy.