Topic: Luke 19:38
"Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!" Luke 19:38
After going through the buffet line, Beverley and I chose seats at a vacant table and shortly others joined us. One was a very handsome young man. He spoke flawless English, but with enough of an accent that I knew he was from a foreign land. We exchanged the usual pleasantries, but nothing in depth.
After breakfast, I asked where he was from and when he told me, I proceeded to tell him how much Beverley and I enjoyed out visit to his homeland and then I launched into my political analysis of his country, expressing my own views. When I finished, he very politely said, "Your really understand my country," and then we went on our separate way.
Shortly thereafter, when I heard someone refer to him as "Your Majesty," I wanted to melt into the carpet, realizing I had just told a royal prince how to run his own country. I guess that's why I never ended up in the diplomatic corps!
It turns out he is Prince Misu Zulu Zula, Crown Prince of the Zulu nation and heir to the throne of the second largest monarchy in the world. In the course of the week end, we actually got to be pretty good friends and agreed to meet again in Florida. I invited him to stay in our home and go to church with us.
When I saw his aide checking out of the hotel on Sunday and experiencing some difficulty with the billing, I whipped out my Amex card and paid the bill. It was worth it to have a receipt to show my grandchildren and tell them about when I covered lodging for a real prince.
The prince is in line for the crown, following centuries of his ruling family over the "Warrior Tribe." But, this prince is a different kind of prince. His life was changed when at age fourteen, he gave his heart to Christ at a youth rally and nothing has been the same since.
His heart is filled with compassion and love for his people. He hurts where they hurt. One in three are dying of HIV/AIDS. He asked the question, "Who am I going to rule tomorrow?" He is trying to bring a message of hope to his people and it isn't easy going against culture, tradition and the local religion of Witchcraft.
He tells his people that if they have a choice between gold and diamonds in one hand and a book in the other, take the book, because the book is the Bible. He gives thanks for missionaries who came to his country not to condemn but to offer new hope through a spiritual alternative and he ends his message with the assurance that "through God, we can do it."
Yes we can, Your Majesty, yes we can.
What do you consider to be, or how do you define, "greatness"?