I confess, I watched it. I turned on the TV in the wee hours of May 19, 2018 just in time to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kneeling at the altar in Saint George’s Chapel. The sight of Meghan, her ethereal silk veil stretching sixteen feet behind her literally took my breath away.
Later, I watched the entire recording of the wedding, captivated by every nuance. I wasn’t alone, as an estimated two billion people around the world tuned in to catch a glimpse of the American “commoner” marrying her handsome British prince.
The love story of Meghan and Harry (now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) breathes life into a classic song from the Disney movie, Snow White:
Some day my prince will come
Some day we’ll meet again
And away to his castle we’ll go,
To be happy forever I know. 
The tune, originally released in 1937, is so popular it was ranked the 19th greatest film song of all time by the American Film Institute in 2004.  Perhaps one reason is because the lyrics appeal to the deep desire that most women (and men) have to find their perfect soulmates and live “happily ever after.”
There’s nothing wrong with dreaming of Mr. or Mrs. Right. We are all wired with the need for companionship and intimacy . . . and marriage is a sacred union ordained by God.
Unfortunately, real life isn’t a fairy tale.
Some people never meet their Prince or Princess Charming.
Others (even Royals) have grandiose weddings, only to end up disenchanted and divorced. Some “happily ever-afters” are tragically cut short by the death of a spouse. Even the best marriages require hard work and have their ups and downs.
Personally, I belong to the group whose prince has yet to show up. (I wonder, did he refuse to stop and ask for directions)? Virtually every day I’m reminded that my life doesn’t fit the “norm.”
Recently, I was watching a lovely young bride-to-be open her gifts at a shower. I was coping fairly well until I heard the following words: “Let’s go around the table and have everyone give the bride some marriage advice.”
At that moment, I began praying earnestly for seismic activity that would cause the floor to open and swallow me. One by one, the women dispensed wisdom from their decades of marriage. When it was my turn, I said I had no experience to draw from, so I had to Google it. Everyone laughed, including me.
But inside, I felt more like crying.
Maybe like me, you’re good at putting on a brave face, but internally you sometimes feel left out or disappointed because things haven’t turned out how you thought they would.
It’s tempting to think the only path to a happier life is for our circumstances to change. But the deeper solution is to trust in our Creator, who sees the big picture.
The best way I know to re-frame my mindset when I’m hurting is to immerse myself in Scripture and pour out my heart to my God .
Over the past few weeks, I have basked in the book of Hebrews. As I absorbed the chapters, I found that they are chock-full of guidance for persevering when life is hard.
Here are eighteen actions we can take when we experience trials or disappointment:
1. Draw near to God (Hebrews 10:22).
2. Hold unswervingly to hope (Hebrews 10: 23).
3. Remember you are never alone (Hebrews 13:5).
4. Fear not (Hebrews 13:6).
5. Keep the faith (Hebrews 4:14).
6. Pray with confidence (Hebrews 4:16).
7. Receive mercy and grace. (Hebrews 4:16).
8. Persevere (Hebrews 10:36).
9. Throw off hindrances. (Hebrews 12:1).
10. Run your unique race. (Hebrews 12:1).
11. Resist bitterness (Hebrews 12:14).
12. Refuse to lose heart (Hebrews 12:3).
13. Avoid isolation. (Hebrews 10:25).
14. Keep loving and serving. (Hebrews 9:14; 10:24; 13:1-3).
15. Be an encourager (Hebrews 10:25).
16. Stay morally pure (Hebrews 12:16,13:4).
17. Praise persistently (Hebrews 13:15).
18. Live for God’s glory (Hebrews 13:21).
As we put these things into practice, we grow closer to the One who is able to renew our minds and infuse our hearts with peace. In the process, the “things of earth grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.” 
Friends, there’s only one Royal who can satisfy our deepest needs: The Prince of Peace, Jesus. Until he returns for His bride (the Church), let’s keep our eyes fixed on Him, the author and perfecter of our faith.
 “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” by Larry Morey & Frank Churchill
 From “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” by Helen Howarth Lemmel