Princesses as God’s Image? Really?
Last year at one of Sarah Beckman’s talks, she had us imagine ourselves as God’s princesses.
This was a revolutionary idea for me. It still is.
God’s princess? Me? The girl who still wears holes in all the knees of my jeans and still likes to play in the woods. The woman who until a few years ago, didn’t enjoy wearing skirts and rarely wore a dress. I was even uncomfortable as a bride, as princess for the day just didn’t mesh with my self-understanding.
Yet now, I relish the idea.
It helps to have a toddler girl who is into dolls, pink, princesses and dancing. I have no idea where she came from – well, yes I do, from God.
She was created in God’s image – every pink ruffle, sparkly bracelet, and well cared for baby doll.
Just as I was ready to turn it off from frustration, a woman called in. She spoke of how “indulging” in the princess culture as a child helped round her out as a person and woman who is now outnumbered by men in her science field.
There are extremes with everything. Yes, we can easily overdo it with princesses – but at this moment, our house is overrun by cars, pirates, and Legos. Yet, just as a child’s obsession with Legos has an up-side, so does a child’s obsession with princesses.
Being a woman in this culture is well documented as being conflicted.
The ‘can have it all’ message is still being sold to young women, even though those of us farther along can easily say it can’t be done.
In the ministry field, as I am sure it happens elsewhere, it is a challenge to be a woman when the image of ‘pastor’ is still a man who has a supportive at-home wife. Everything from choosing appropriate clothing (or a clerical robe that doesn’t deny our curves) to not being pegged only as the children’s minister, can easily take the princess out of us. Thankfully it continues to improve in many denominations, but not all.
I pray my daughter’s future will not be as conflicted as mine, but change takes generations.
If embracing her inner princess as a child allows her to understand and celebrate her feminine side, I’ll all for it!
What’s wrong with being feminine? What’s wrong with enjoying looking pretty or adding a bit of sparkle to our days?
We don’t have to bow to consumerism or trends, but embracing our inner princess can be a way to embrace who God created us to be.
My closet is now full of skirts, dresses and high heels, along with jeans, Target and Uni Qlo T-shirts, and my beloved pair of cowboy boots.
When my kids finally get their own rooms, my daughter’s will reflect her inner-princess, while my son’s will allow for his experiments.
God created us as complex individuals. Let us embrace all of who we are, even if it is being a princess!
Creator God, You have imagined and brought to life humankind in Your image. Help us embrace who we are, including being Your princess! We are all beautiful in Your Eyes, help us to have courage to embrace that beauty, help us to embrace what You see that we try to keep hidden. Lord, also help us to remain faithful to You instead of getting distracted by other things. Amen.