The Unsuspected Princess

The young woman stood before the queen.

Her shoes were smudged with fresh mud.

Wet hair clung to her scalp and cheeks.

Rainwater made a puddle, dripping from her clothes onto the palace floor.

The queen looked down at the puddle and frowned.

Looked up at the young woman and frowned harder.

The young woman was one.

She was.

But the queen could not see it.

She did not think she was.

Where was her gorgeous skin?

Where was her chic outfit?

Where was her pedigreed background?

Where were they?

The accoutrement of a royal daughter was not visible.

Therefore, the queen did not consider her a princess.

Yet she was.

It took a small pea tucked beneath many mattresses to prove the young woman’s worth.

And to silence the skeptical queen.

She was one.

She was.

But they could not see it.

The accoutrement of a royal daughter was not visible.

Therefore, they did not consider her to be a princess.

Yet, Leah was one.

Plain, unloved Leah was.

She must have had a hard time growing up with a little sister like Rachel.

Rachel, the beaming bombshell who easily caused daily double takes.

So Leah was not treated tenderly, what with her not being as beautiful as her sister.

She was used as a pawn in her father’s scheme to trick her husband, Jacob.

She was disliked by Jacob, who openly preferred Rachel over her.

She was resented by Rachel, who fought to prevail over her through pregnancies.

The three dealt with Leah using the most bitter of emotions, the roughest of approaches, and the coldest of care.

Because Leah was considered undeserving of better.

Unable of esteem.

Unworthy of distinction.

Yet Leah was.

In contrast to how her family treated her, God loved Leah exquisitely, gave her honor, and placed her son in the lineage of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.

God continually shows that physicality is useless when pinpointing actual limitless value.

His daughters, His princesses, always carry their true treasure where eyes can’t see, within.

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But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.”

-I Samuel 16:7