The House

The burgeoning business they had started after graduating from College took a lot of room at their little white cottage on the main road, which had been too small to begin with. Isaac had his eye on another house to move to, but it wasn’t the house the Princess could see in her mind. When it came time to meet the property owner, she dawdled, making Isaac late.

When they got there, she was pleased to find that their prospective landlord had rented the house to someone else just fifteen minutes before. The Princess was relieved, but Isaac disappointed. “Did you stop us from renting the yellow house?” she asked the King, smiling at the good\bad timing. He replied “Yes, tell Isaac it’s not the house I have chosen. I want you to make a list of the things you need and wait the winter out. You are not to do anything to find the house yourselves. I will provide it.” Isaac agreed when she told him what she had heard from the King.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAOne Sunday afternoon in the winter they decided to go for a walk. It was a glorious day, sunny and crisp. The sun sparkled on the sea where it played on the water at Kawau Bay. They strolled along the shore and teased each other. “We should do this more” the Princess said. Their walks on the beach were infrequent even in summer.

As they rounded the corner from the beach and walked up the hill, they met one of their customers named Bill, a friendly and sociable guy. “Come into the house” Bill invited them. They walked in and met Gill who was measuring up curtains for her new house.

Gill made them welcome, as she showed them through her lovely home. “What are you doing with this house?” the Princess asked, her heart thudding with excitement as she met Isaac’s eyes. Gill replied that it would be rented out after they moved into their new house in the spring. By the time they’d drunk the coffee the house was theirs to rent.

House wish listThey thanked the King over and over. As soon as they got home she dug the list out of the “God Box” and ticked it off with glee. “Ha, you forgot about the bath!” she teased the King. “You got a dishwasher instead!” the King replied, smiling at her cheekiness. He knew what they needed.

They moved in at the beginning of spring. She loved the cream walls and timber ceilings.

The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir.  Song of Songs 1:17


The heart in the window

When she arrived, she found the King had hidden little hearts around the place. A red heart in the office window above her desk did not escape her attention, it was a sign she cherished.

Princess Thea visited them and gave them a scripture;

He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.  Song of Songs 2:4


Full circle

The Princess stood next to her father the King and surveyed the land from the top of the hill.  The sea lay in the distance, beyond the tree. She looked at the house that the King had selected with such care, and smiled with gratitude at the King. It was a lovely, comfortable, agreeable house to live in. She finally felt like she had her life back after unpacking things that had been in storage for five long years.

“I have learned to seek my happiness in you, and you have indeed given me my heart desire” she said, thanking Him.

Seek your happiness in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desire. Give yourself to the Lord; trust in him, and he will help you; he will make your righteousness shine like the noonday sun. Psalm 34:4-6

The business was across the deck, in a neat and tidy workshop and office. It was established and had grown well. She was good at what she did, her skills complemented Isaac’s. Together they worked as a team, and the King had their back.

The year before, they had gone to Florida to meet Isaac’s Grandmother. They managed enough from their own resources for the airfares, asking the King if He could provide for the rest. He did more than they asked or expected. A friend named Princess Grace gifted them an accommodation package she had for Florida and Las Vegas. “The King asked me to gift this to you” she said. There were even tickets for Disneyland.

M4031M-4208They left for the States in the winter, as storms lashed the country. Flying on the wings of the dawn, they crossed the Pacific Ocean, international date-line and American continent. Winter changed to summer.   On arrival, it took some time to get their bearings and orientation. Prince Jim, whose computer she’d fixed long distance, came to welcome and help them. His was a friendly and familiar face in a vast and strange land.

They made their wM4031M-4208ay to Clearwater in Florida where Elanor, Isaac’s grandmother lived.  Isaac’s American Grandmother, Aunt and cousin knew the King well, and loved Him.  The Princess saw the joy on his Grandmother’s face as she came forward to embrace her grandson. She had not seen him since he was a twelve year old boy. Isaac was home. They were greeted with joy. “I have a new Granddaughter” Princess Eleanor Isaacson said in her soft American accent, as they hugged.

Eleanor sounded a lot like Isaac’s mother Ronaele, although her American accent was more pronounced. The Princess loved his family. They made just as welcome as Isaac’s Mother had.

Together, they looked at their ring, which had belonged to Eleanor. The precious diamond had come full circle.



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