“That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying, ‘As you wish,’ what he meant was, ‘I love you.’”
So goes the narration early in the movie Princess Bride. It’s been almost thirty years since Princess Bride was released. My sons loved the swashbuckling tale of evil versus good, ugly versus beautiful, and deceit versus honor. This mom loved it too. I’ve always been a sucker for happily ever after.
Only recently have I grown up enough to consider the spiritual possibilities in Princess Bride. While my husband is dear to my heart, my very own Prince Charming, he is not the Westley of fairy tale perfection. No marriage on earth travels the smooth highway of Happily Ever After. We’re on the bumpy road of For Better or For Worse, hopefully with far longer stretches of For Better.
As wonderful as every Prince Charming appears to be, the fictional Westley can’t compare to the King of the Kings. No, the perfect Prince in my life is Jesus.
I am a daughter of the King of Kings. That makes me a princess. I am the Bride of Christ. A princess bride. Someday my Happily Ever After will be heaven with the Bridegroom.
I want to take this spiritual comparison a little further. Westley served the princess with the strongest love that humans can possess. He would sacrifice anything for her. (“As you wish.”) Jesus gave the ultimate for me, for all of us, but the metaphor ends there.
Did Jesus sacrifice Himself because we wished it? We didn’t even understand what He was doing while He walked the earth!
Does Jesus exist for our pleasure? To wait for our commands? Does my King say to me, “As you wish?”
If He did, the world would be in far more of a mess than it is now! My wish is not His command. Just the opposite. His wish is my command, yet humans are so disobedient. I’m beyond grateful that He loves me even at my worst.
Yes, love for better or for worse. As in every marriage truly made in heaven, this princess bride loves her Bridegroom. I want to do anything that pleases Him. May my words to Him forever be:
“As You wish.”