Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful Princess in the kingdom of Indiandia. Her parents taught her all that it meant to be a princess and prepared her to one day meet and marry a prince from a nearby land. They warned her about rebellious men who would seek to dethrone her future rule and tarnish the kingdom, and so the beautiful Princess vigilantly guarded her heart.

One day while on a stroll through the kingdom, the Princess happened upon a peculiar sight: a Rebel who acted like a knight. How strange! He looked just like the kind of man her parents had cautioned her about. But he was…different.

Occasionally the Princess would venture out of the palace to observe the Rebel as he tried to stir up the populace in surrounding towns. To her amazement, he did not speak against the kingdom, or in favor of rebellion. On the contrary, he strove to spur the people toward loyalty.

The Princess had to know more…

She followed the Rebel to an enclave on the edge of the kingdom where he resided. Although she wore a disguise, the Rebel suspected her true identity from the moment they met.

Unfortunately, the Rebel’s enclave was slowly being taken over by enemies of the kingdom. Together the Princess and the Rebel fought to maintain the purity of the haven, but it was a lost cause.

The Rebel was soon called elsewhere, and he left the enclave for good. The Rebel and the Princess parted ways…

Their friendship seemed ended, and many years passed, but the Princess never forgot the Rebel, and the Rebel never forgot the Princess. Meanwhile, the Rebel had infiltrated far into enemy territory, battling great foes with much success…at least for a time. Eventually he became weary and was pushed out of enemy lands and back to where he had begun, despairing for the future. He needed a helper, an ally.

Out of the blue, he received a message from the queen, inquiring why he had not attended a party hosted by a friend of the Princess. The Rebel was confused, for he had received no invitation and didn’t understand why the queen would be contacting him. Soon afterward, the Rebel was invited to a party at the palace itself. He attended, but he was only able to speak a few words to the Princess. Although it was a nice party, he couldn’t help feeling a sense of disappointment on the journey home…

However, a year later the royal family needed the Rebel’s aid in a grand construction project. In the midst of that project, the Rebel realized he wished to marry the Princess.

But alas, the king and queen wanted the Princess to marry another, and the Rebel’s elders likewise desired someone else for him. It seemed like it was not meant to be…

Time passed and then the Rebel found himself in need of the Princess for a council meeting to determine the fate of another quest into enemy territory.

The Rebel suspected that the Princess was being courted by the prince of a neighboring kingdom, so he did not believe his friendship with her would develop any further.

But he was mistaken…

After seeing the Princess off on her journey home, the Rebel again knew he wanted to marry her…but was it his LORD’s will?

Two months elapsed and the Rebel fervently sought the will of the LORD concerning pursuing marriage to the Princess. His emotions said yes, but would his LORD?

Finally, after temporarily ceasing to correspond with the Princess, he received his answer:

“Yes!”

He had one final challenge to overcomeβ€”to gain the approval of the Princess’s father, the king.

So the Rebel traveled to the palace and stayed with the royal family for nearly a fortnight, and the venture was successful beyond imagining. At the end of his stay, the Rebel received the king’s blessing to marry his daughter, the Princess.

Now only one question remains: Will the Princess accept his proposal?

To be continued…