Seven months ago I left Canada to attend a discipleship training school in Norway. Over these past months a little “coincidence” has been happening. I have been hearing the same thing proclaimed to me again and again – that I am a princess. Through friends, roommates, and leaders I’ve often heard “I don’t know what it is about you Ella, but you really look/ act/ seem like royalty! You are a princess!” Before I attended this school I had never heard that compliment spoken to me, and probably wouldn’t have considered it much of a compliment either. But it has become something so precious to me. I am ROYAL.
After school was over I started 6 weeks of traveling alone, hitch-hiking through Scandinavia and meeting up with friends along the way. I assumed my time of being encouraged constantly was over, and that seemed fine, I had gotten much more love than I felt I ever deserved. But who knew that God was just getting started! Literally every stop along the way of my travels I have been protected and blessed and loved by random strangers.
My journey started when a friend surprised me for my birthday and took me on a motorcycle trip down the southwest coast of Norway. Then another friend paid for my ferry ticket to Denmark, and also purchased me my own TABLE in a buffet, so I could eat as much as I wanted for the 4 hours. It was beautiful. On the ferry I began praying that God would show me who to ask to catch a lift to Arhus with. The first woman I asked had a crazy reaction. “COME WITH ME.” She dragged me across the ferry into the bar, after buying me a drink she looked me in the eyes and said “I don’t know what it is but as soon as I saw you I just knew you were a princess.” Who says that!? It’s one thing when God speaks to you through friends and people who love you, but when it’s a complete stranger it’s impossible to doubt that God is really speaking. She then led me to a sweet German couple who changed their whole travel plans and drove me right where I needed to go, with snacks and laughter the whole way.
On this trip I have received money, train tickets, free rides, dinners and housing. God has provided everything I need and MORE and is continuing to show me again and again, that he just LOVES me! We are on this journey together – him showing me his beautiful creation and people, and me giving him more and more of my heart and trust daily. Being loved and precious to a living God is beautiful. And I love being his princess!
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession…
So wonderful you went to a DTS. Keep listening to God , have faith to believe what He says and walk in obedience.Loved your story of how God led you and that you reflect Him.
What a great story! Thanks for sharing, Ellarie. So good to be reminded in the core of our being that we’re loved without limit. Praise God for surprises of his delight.
Thanks for this wonderful story of God’s special care and love!
Hello again, not sure why my comment sent earlier received this note: “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” What is the problem? Thanks, Laurel
Sorry Laurel – no problem. We just approve comments before they are posted on the blog and I wasn’t in the office until this morning! Thanks so much for reading!
Dear Ellarie, According to Peter you are like Jesus, the living stone, so very precious to God. Your story of royalty declares that God is to be praised for His goodness to you. Your gratefulness towards God shows your love for Him.