One of my favourite movies has always been ‘The King and I’ with Yul Brenner and Deborah Kerr. My favourite scene is where Anna is teaching the King how to dance and near the end they are swirling and twirling around the room in obvious joy and mutual affection. Sigh, my heart has always longed for this.
I never had anyone call me their princess growing up; never twirled in my pretty dress for my Daddy.
When I was in my late teens, I had a friend who knew my history and one day danced with her dad when I was visiting. I was mesmerized yet reminded of what I had never experienced and my heart ached.
My oldest granddaughter, when she was very young used to love standing on her daddy’s feet and dance with him. The sight of this caused my heart to rejoice because I never got to dance with my daddy.
Yet, when I became a Christian, I slowly began to realize that I was a Princess. I was the daughter of the King of Kings, the one true God and that one day this aching heart will twirl for her Daddy in heaven and feel His pleasure. One day the true King and I will dance together in pure love and Joy!
“Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.” Psalm 27:10
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” Psalm 68:5
However, I am a princess at a cost; because my King bled and died for me. He took my shame and my punishment, nailed them to a cross and brought them to the lowest depths of loneliness and darkness and left them there. He laid down His life for me so that I could return home and dance with Him eternally!
“You did it: you changed wild lament into whirling dance; You ripped off my black mourning band and decked me with wildfowers. I’m about to burst with song; I can’t keep quiet about you. God, my God, I can’t thank you enough.” Psalm 30:11 The Message
So maybe you never had a daddy, maybe your daddy neglected you, maybe you had a daddy who loved you but is gone now and your heart is broken. Ah dear heart, you still have a Daddy who is enthralled with you and is watching you twirl and dance wherever you may be. You have a heavenly Father who longs for you to turn to Him with all your sorrows, regrets and longings; to place them at the feet of your King, let Him put his arms around you and dance with unfettered freedom and joy!