Prince Charming: Fact or Fantasy?

Prince Charming. Does that name elicit a romantic sigh or a frustrated grunt from your throat? He’s so charming, so handsome, so perfect, so… not real. Am I right? While Prince Charming is a supremely romantic idea, he never turns out so well in real life. Remember that scene in A Cinderella Story where Hilary Duff tells Chad Michael Murray,

Waiting for you is like waiting for rain in this drought: useless and disappointing.

I think she basically summed it up perfectly. Do you ever feel like the wait is useless? Are you disappointed that your prince hasn’t come yet? Well, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for Chad Michael Murray because, unlike in the movie, he’s probably not going to come running after you. Of course, you already know that. After all, Prince Charming is a myth, right? He is nothing but a bedtime story designed to give little girls sweet dreams. In a way, he’s like Santa Claus – all fun and magical… until the day you find out he’s not real. I’ve heard that moment in a child’s life can be pretty devastating. (I can’t talk from personal experience here because my mom had been so disappointed to find out that her parents had lied to her that she never passed this tradition down to her kids.) Truth can be tragic at times.

I truly do believe that Prince Charming is a lot like Santa Claus – a blown-out-of-proportion-bedtime-story fantasy that was originally based on fact. St. Nicholas was real; Santa Claus is not. So what about Prince Charming? Who’s he supposed to be? Could such a magnificent man have ever existed?

He could. And He does. Think about it: the prince from the fairytales is out of this world. But while Prince Charming is a myth, the Prince of heaven is not.

Mystery solved! Meet the Prince of your dreams: His name is Jesus. He came to earth to offer His life in place of yours. He descended to the depths in order to slay the king of all dragons. He returned to His Kingdom to prepare a place for you. And one day, He will come riding through the clouds on His white horse, and He will gather His bride into His arms. Sounds a lot like a fairytale to me.

If you’ve been searching for Prince Charming, look no further because, you’re right, no earthly prince will ever measure up to that standard. So aren’t you glad there is a Prince of heaven?

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