Where Is My Prince Charming?
By Julie-Allyson Ieron
This question cuts to the quick. It gets to the tough stuff of life -- issues of the heart that are tender and fragile and emotionally charged.
Some among us thought they’d found that one special relationship. They invested time and emotional energy in it, only to be disappointed as they watched it crumble in a heap of unfulfilled expectations and broken dreams. Others among us (I am in this camp) have never yet found that one special person to love and be loved.
I can’t begin to tell you the searing pain I experience every time someone pats my hand and says, “God has someone out there for you,” or “Be patient, Prince Charming is just around that next corner.” Well, I suppose he could be, but then I’m not convinced anyone has a direct hotline to Heaven where God tells them whether or not He has someone special lined up for me—and if so, when he will appear in my life.
The fact is that in human relationships—despite fairytale hopes and Harlequin fantasies—there are few guarantees. After years of missteps and disappointments, I have come to understand the danger in placing too much emphasis on one lateral special relationship, however sweet it ends up becoming. Because no relationship between fallible human beings can fulfill completely. It will always have its disappointments, its days of regret, its untenable loneliness of being inches away from each other physically while being galaxies apart emotionally. Such is the hazard of relationships in a fallen world.
But I do see in the Bible promises that lead me to believe that I can trust God to fulfill the deeper need I have for companionship—that of knowing and being known fully by the ultimate lover. While no one on terra firma can know me completely, God knows me from the inside out. My heart is right in there with the psalmist who begged, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts” (1). I want someone to get inside and accept the real me. That’s the root of my quest for deep, abiding relationship with people. How much better to find the perfect lover of my soul and to discover He both knows and accepts me. His response to my heart-cry to be known comes through loud and clear, “I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have drawn you with loving-kindness” (2).
Whoa. Love that is tender, filled with loving-kindness. Not a love with a time-expires notice, but a permanent love -- a passionate desire. I love the way Jesus put it, “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am … that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them” (3). Did you catch the passion of this lover of our souls? He wants us to be with Him for eternity, so we can experience the fullness of the love He has for us both now on earth and in the land beyond time. Later, John (who had walked with Jesus) penned these words, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us” (4). I love that word: lavished. It speaks of richness, overflowing without restraint. That’s the brand of love God offers to those who choose relationship with Him.
God, who has the capacity and inclination to meet all our needs “according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (5), is the one special relationship that will never disappoint, never sour, never abandon (6). Turns out, He’s the one special relationship I’ve been seeking all along. If Prince Charming does show up, he’ll hold a special place in my heart, but he’ll never need to try to meet my deepest longings. Those are already covered by one truly amazing relationship with God Himself.
Do You Want a Relationship with God?
If you want this kind of relationship with God, pray this prayer right now:
Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that you took the pain of the cross to give me new life. I ask you to come into my life and to give me your peace and joy. I confess that I am a sinner -- that I have gone my own way and have done wrong. Please forgive me for my sins. I receive you now as my Lord and Savior. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow you and to serve you all my life. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen.
If you prayed that prayer, you are now a child of God. The things of your old life have passed away and He has made all things new.
We want to join you in celebrating your new life. Please send us an e-mail to let us know that you prayed to receive Jesus as your Savior. Or you can call our Prayer Counseling Center at (800) 759-0700. A caring friend is available to talk with you and send you some resources to help you begin your walk with the Lord.
#1 Psalm 139:23
#2 Jeremiah 31:3
#3 John 17:24, 26
#4 1 John 3:1
#5 Philippians 4:19
#6 Hebrews 13:5
CBN IS HERE FOR YOU!
Are you seeking answers in life? Are you hurting?
Are you facing a difficult situation?
A caring friend will be there to pray with you in your time of need.