In February 2018, I was invited to come gather with other women to soak in God, and get refreshed. I knew I needed more God so I was all for that. My weeks leading up to our crowning had been filled with an exhausting life, a life feeling "just plain hard." Getting away from my Saturday chores and my usual catching up on all the things needing to be done that I had no time for throughout the week, I felt upbeat with an expectancy that God would meet me in some way.
I had no clue what God had in store for me and the others in our small intimate gathering. The Presence was filled with warmth and love. There definitely was an atmosphere of anticipation that something good was coming the moment I walked through the door. "Significant" was the word God had given me this past June, on my birthday. Significant comes from two root words. Sig meaning "mark." Ficmeaning "to produce or make." Make a mark! Little did I know that a coronation, a crowning, would take place and how "significant" this would be for me!
We experience personal, quiet, reflective space soaking in worship. I had a God encounter! I envisioned a ballroom and three thrones, two of the thrones were occupied - one by the Father and the other by the Son, the third was for me, my throne. Jesus was dressed in royal clothing, much like Prince William when he married Kate, both regal and military. He was lovingly looking at me as I was standing in the middle of the empty ballroom floor dressed in a beautiful white gown. The Father leaned over and said something to The Son. He then rose and walked towards me and we began to dance. It was so beautiful, intimate and loving.
After our personal time of God meeting us individually, the crowning ceremony began. It was a solemn moment. We knelt before our sisters to receive our royal crowns as we vowed our allegiance to Our King. Declarations were spoken of our duties and the honor and privilege of upholding our royal crowns. Our individual names were announced as the crowns were placed upon our heads. Each of us was given a specific word...mine was "Peace."
For me this experience was a serious one. I love the line from the first Spiderman movie "with great power comes great responsibility." "From everyone whom has been given much, much will be required..." Luke 12:48. This is how I felt, but this had not been a burden heaped upon me, for His yoke is easy and His burden is light. As the days have been unfolding, I am seeing this responsibility as it is meant to be: as a joy and delight. Most days I remember my position on my throne next to Jesus, seated in heavenly places. I awake and, in my heart, cheerfully I hear, "It’s time to get up, we have a kingdom to run!"
I am humbled and grateful for the honor and privilege of being HRH and a leader for Sisters of the Crown!
HRH Victoria Sandage