Wednesday, June 13, 2012

SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED

It had been an ordinary day ~ uneventful, bordering on dull. She looked out the window longingly. "Alone" was an understatement for how she felt. Isolated and cut off from loved ones left her feeling worthless and unloveable. Why was she even here? She plunked down on her all too familiar couch and sighed. Reaching for the remote control, she turned to the only friends she had. Those faces on the TV screen didn't judge her. They joined her everyday, filling her empty hours. If one of them said or did something she didn't like, a push of the button removed them from her presence. There were countless others to take their place, just waiting to be watched.

The chime of her doorbell caused her to jump. It was an unfamiliar sound. Probably someone who wanted something from her. She sighed and rose from the couch, rehearsing her emphatic "no" to whatever they were selling. A man dressed in a well-tailored suit stood on her porch holding a large envelope. "May I help you?" she asked the gentleman. Perhaps he had the wrong address.

"I'm here to deliver this envelope. Would you please sign for it?" He handed her the item along with a piece of paper and a pen. She looked down, expecting to see someone else's name...maybe a neighbor's. No, it was clearly for her. A flicker of fear ignited inside of her. Who would be sending her something that required a signature? This couldn't be good.

Once inside, she sat back down on her couch and began to open the envelope. Her curiosity was building, and she tore at its edges to see what awaited her. Please, no more bad news, she thought to herself.

Inside was a beautiful document, etched in gold, with an elaborate seal at the bottom. At the top of the page, "DAUGHTER OF THE KING" was written in the loveliest scroll she'd ever seen. And there, right smack in the middle of the paper, was her name...in full...written in crimson red. Her hands began to tremble. Could this be real? Was it some cruel joke? No, it couldn't be. It looked too authentic. She held it to her heart, then gazed upon it once more. "DAUGHTER OF THE KING". She was royalty. And all this time she'd felt so worthless.

She reached for her remote and silenced the voices streaming from her TV. She didn't need them anymore. She'd been adopted into a new family ~ the royal family ~ and suddenly, her life had value. She wiped away a tear working its way down her cheek and stood up. A shout for joy poured from her lips. DAUGHTER OF THE KING. Life as she knew it was over. And a new one was just beginning.

And so it is with us. We are daughters and sons of the King of Kings. All we have to do is respond. If you don't know him yet, he's waiting...pen in hand...ready to welcome you into his royal family. Don't hesitate. Answer his call. Your life will never be the same.

"Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message."
~Malcolm Muggeridge

"To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances; To seek him, the greatest adventure; To find him, the greatest human achievement."
~Raphael Simon

"Being included in God's family is the highest honor and the greatest privilege you will ever receive. Nothing else comes close. Whenever you feel unimportant, unloved, or insecure, remember to whom you belong."
Rick Warren            

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