You can learn a lot about a person based on who they admire. For most girls (and women, really) these people tend to be other women who exude a sense of perfection, put-togetherness, kindness, beauty, and a whole list of other qualities that you could say describe one type of person — a princess.
Whether she is the studious Belle or the curious Arielle, most of us have a princess we admire. If you aren’t as up-to-date on the latest Disney Princesses, just ask any girl under the age of 12 and she will gladly tell you her opinions on any princess that has grazed the big-screen over the past 5 years.
Naturally, one of the most popular questions at WinShape Camps for Girls is a simple, but equally important question: Who is your favorite princess?
Two summers ago Marissa Jackson, a staffer at WSC For Girls at Young Harris, asked this exact question to one of her campers.
“I was sitting in the rocking chairs with a sweet seven year old camper named Avery. We were talking about anything and everything and I asked her a question I sometimes like to ask young girls, ‘Who is your favorite princess?’
I was expecting just a usual response of one of the Disney Princesses such as Cinderella or Belle, but her answer blew me away.
She responded, ‘Princess Kate.’
It took me a minute to understand who she was referring to, then I replied ‘Princess Kate? As in, Princess Kate Middleton?’
‘Yes,’ she responded.
I proceeded to ask her why Princess Kate and not any other princess. She took a few seconds and seemed to be thinking of her answer and then responded in a way that I will never forget.
‘Because she is a princess, she is pretty and because she is REAL.’
In that moment the Lord spoke to me and said ‘Marissa you are my princess just like this little girl sitting in front of you is.’ I was reminded by the Lord through this little girl that He views me as his princess, beautiful and real.
I was then able to speak those truths into Avery and tell her that she was a REAL princess as well because she is the daughter of a King.
The smile that came across her face when hearing that was something I will never forget.
The Lord taught me so much that day sitting in those rocking chairs by using a little girl.
From that moment on, I knew that any time a person asked me who my favorite princess is, my answer would be Princess Avery.”
After hearing this story, I was struck with the reality that God already calls us His beautiful princesses; fearfully and wonderfully made in His royal image.
While there may be princesses on screen who appear to be beautiful and perfect, there is only one person who truly embodies all of these qualities we strive after — and He calls us His daughter.
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1