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Choosing a Mate in the Kingdom of Love
by Shari Weigerstorfer
7/25/2015 / Marriage
Once upon a time, in the Kingdom of Love, lived a princess who was greatly beloved by her father, the king. The time had come for the princess to marry, and the king began to consider all the men of noble character throughout the land. He knew that if he chose a good counterpart for his daughter, they would grow together in love, for they would have the same values of the heart. The king was highly selective, for he knew exactly what attributes he was looking for in the type of man he would accept.
Unfortunately, so did the princess.
Tragically, the princess had been deeply influenced by the teachings and practices of foreign landspeculiar lands that did not follow the laws of the Kingdom of Love, or even understand them. In those lands, the selection process for finding a mate was different from that in the Kingdom of Love. There, people were thought to be like puzzle pieces. Each person was a particular shape and would seek to connect to someone with whom they felt they fit. Whoever they seemed most compatible with or attracted to would be their choice of mate. It seemed to work for them, more or less.
But the dating and mating process was entirely different in the Kingdom of Love. Although the citizens also came in puzzle pieces of all shapes and sizes, there was something fundamentally different about them. These pieces had life within them, which gave them the potential to change and to grow. People who didn't look like they would ever belong together had something special about them that simply meant they were to be together. That something special was something only the king could see.
The chosen individuals would submit to the king and dedicate themselves to their chosen mate. Jointly they would be received, sanctified, anointed, and consecrated to the service of the king. Such a union was the most celebrated and joyous event in the kingdom, for it was the creation of something new, the beginning of something incredible. After they were married, the couple would begin an amazing transformation. Individually, they would begin to bend and change shape, until one day, no one could see their edges, or where one piece ended and the other began. They would bond together so strongly that only rarely would they ever break apart. Individuals who looked as if they could never belong together had become a perfect fit. They had become one.
The king's keen insight was never wrong. He alone could see those who were meant to be together and the potential of each to change. The individuals themselves did not have this type of insight and were, therefore, unqualified to make such an important decision. Couples truly needed to be chosen for each other by the king.
But because the princess had embraced foreign beliefs, she rebelled against the practice of allowing the king to choose her mate. She refused to consider someone who did not appear to be her perfect fit. She vowed to rely on her own ability of insight, and to follow her heart, as the foreigners did.
The princess spent a great deal of time imagining her prince. She knew that someday he would come. Fate would bring them together, for true love was their destiny. As soul mates, they would recognize each other instantly. He would be her perception of perfection, and she would be his. The princess was persuaded that a great romance of historical proportions was to be theirs, and that love's first kiss would commemorate the beginning of their "happily ever after." After all, the books from the foreign lands always described love this way.
So when the king brought potential suitors before the princess, she rejected them, one after another. None of the men presented were at all like what she was waiting for. As time progressed, the princess became impatient and hardened even more in her critique. Rejections were swift and sure. Eligible men of quality were sent away for even the slightest of imperfections. Eventually, she began to dismiss them after just a glance.
The princess began to blame the king for her circumstances. Why wouldn't he send someone acceptable? He knew the type of man she was waiting for! She spent long, exhausting hours explaining it to him. Maybe her father didn't want her to get married at all. Perhaps he didn't truly care about her. Was her happiness even the least bit important to him? Ultimately, she decided the king was the problem.
This state of affairs frustrated both the king and the princess, and their relationship suffered. They were at an impasse. The princess would not consider any of the men who the king deemed suitable, and the king would not allow her to marry anyone unqualified.
In rebellion, the princess ran away to conduct her own search, but the king sent out a command throughout the land. No one would be allowed to marry the princess without his consent, and those without it were not permitted to touch her.
With the understanding of this edict deep in their hearts, the men who the princess approached rejected her, for fear of the king's reprisals. As a result, the princess was rebuffed time and again by those she pursued. It was all the more heartbreaking, as she did not know about the king's decree.
The king spent years waiting. Eventually, the princess became weary and disheartened. He then perceived that perhaps his daughter might finally be ready to reconsider her ways.
The king created a beautiful cottage with a lovely garden and presented it to his daughter. He then sent his most trusted servant with this proposition:
"Princess, I have been sent by the king to bestow on you these options. His Highness elected to send me instead of coming himself, so you would not have an opportunity to put conditions on his proposal. The king is weary of your arguments and will hear them no more. Now hear the words of your king:
'I have watched you wander, searching your own way. I have seen your tears and the wasted years of your life, and I have brought you to this place where a choice is now given you.
'You may stay here in this cottage and be given all you could need or ever desire, and I will visit you often. You will live a rich, full life, but you will be alone, for you will never marry. You have refused all the men I have offered you, and I will not bring another before you to suffer your rejection. The alternative is to agree to marry, sight unseen, the man of my choice.
'Daughter, he will be a noble man who is worthy of you. A man who will honor you and bring you honor. A man of spirit who will admire your passion. A man of insight who will be able to behold the beauty of your soul. Most importantly, he will be a man of altruistic temperament who will usher in the fullness of your potential.
'My daughter, you are to become a gracious and noble queen. A man of exceptional character is needed to help you achieve your great high calling. For me to have allowed you to accept a lesser man would be to have wronged you, and that is something I will never do.'"
The servant set before the princess two round stones of rare and unusual beauty. Gently, he continued. "Before you lie two stones: the white stone, which represents acceptance, and the black stone, signifying rejection. You are to choose one stone and send it to the king. No additional message will be sent with it."
He then paused, and with kindness in his eyes, he said, "Princess, I urge you to trust his judgment, for he is a kind and wise king. He will choose well for you. But I must warn you: if you select the white stone, the king is trusting that you will treat the man he has chosen for you with respect. You must not look at your prince through critical eyes, but with eyes that say, 'This is the man who has found grace in the eyes of my father, and I will honor him as such.'
"Should you choose the black stone, it is possible that the king will give you this opportunity again, for he loves you, and he is long-suffering. However, I know not when that might be."
The servant then looked deeply into the eyes of the princess and said, "Now, give me a stone and decide this day your destiny."
Shari Weigerstorfer is a free-lance Christian writer, native to the West Coast of America. When not indulging in her passion for travel, she writes from her home in Singapore. Other articles by Shari can be found on her site at Faithwriters.com
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