Do you know about Bright Lights? A 12-year-old girl attended a Bright Lights Radiant Purity Conference for preteen and teenage girls. She retold the following story upon her return:
“Once upon a time there was a princess who lived in a castle high on a hill. She began to feel lonely and asked her father, the king, when she could find a husband to keep her company.
“The king told her to wait for the perfect prince who will come for her riding on a white horse. He also explained that there was much evil down the hill in the village and warned her never to go there. The castle was her place of safety until the prince came.
“The princess waited and waited and no prince came. She became bored in the castle and wanted to move on with her life. One day a handsome young man from the village below came to the castle. The princess saw him and instantly they liked each other. The young man asked her if she would like to come to the village with him and have a good time. She explained that she would like to go, but her father would not allow it, because the village was a sinful place.
“The young man suggested that her father will never know, if she sneaks out of the castle and meets him at midnight. The princess again said that her father would not allow it. But the young man explained, “Down in the village we just play games, have parties and have fun.”
“The princess was finally coaxed into going and agreed to meet the young man at the bridge at midnight. Once he left she began to have second thoughts. Yet she told herself, “I’ll just go once and have a good time.”
“That night when she had her nightly talk with the king, she did not mention the young man who had visited. She stayed up until midnight and then left to meet the man at the bridge. She had a wonderful time and told the young man she’d like to go again. So the following evening she went to meet him again. This happened several times. They fell in love and decided to get married. After their marriage they went to live down in the village. The king was very sad.
“One day after a few months of marriage they began to argue and fight. The princess became discouraged and disappointed.
“While she was feeling unhappy she noticed a prince on a white horse galloping up to the castle. Inside the castle the king told the prince there was no longer a princess here for him. So the prince sadly rode down the hill. As he rode through the village their eyes met and she was full of sadness. She knew it was too late. The prince went on without her.
“Lesson: God has a plan for your life. It’s important that you trust Him, obey Him, and wait for the godly husband who will share your faith and love for Christ.”
- Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
- Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-7
Story adapted from “Stay in the Castle” by Jerry Ross, www.stayinthecastle.com
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- SONG: THESE INWARD TRIALS – Words by John Newton, circa 1779; Music by Kathleen
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