While touring London, I had the opportunity to walk through the impressive royal halls of Kensington Palace. This is where Queen Victoria was born and spent her childhood, and where she lived until she became queen at the age of 18. It is also where Princess Diana lived, and where many noteworthy events from British history took place.
The King’s and Queen’s state apartments were unbelievably beautiful. My college friends and I gawked at the life-sized dollhouses for the children, the elaborate carpets and priceless paintings adorning the ceilings and walls, and the plaques explaining the many historical events which had taken place within those walls.
The most hilarious moment, of course, took place when one of my companions lost her lunch and threw up all over the steps of Kensington Palace! But even this turned out to be impressive, as the royal guards made a quick radio call and swept into action, cleaning up the mess and escorting my friend from the premises while maintaining their dignity and poise all the while.
While the wealth and elaborate décor of the palace was impressive, I remember being surprised by how unhappy many of the palace’s residents had been. Even Queen Victoria reported having an unhappy childhood, during which the Duchess of Kent’s advisor, Sir John Conroy, tried to estrange her from her family in hopes of manipulating her once she ascended the throne. This was just a reminder that all the wealth and fame in the world cannot deliver true happiness. As the Bible says in Ecclesiastes 5:10, “whoever loves money never has enough.”
To find true and lasting joy, we must stop chasing success and simply look to Christ. As Jesus explained to His disciples, “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full” (John 15:11).
Once we discover the joy of Christ, even the most extravagant palaces of this earth will pale in comparison.
Photo Credit: Kensington Palace, London – by Anroprepa – Own Work. Licensed.
This post was submitted as part of the A to Z Challenge, where participants agree to post an article that corresponds to each letter of the alphabet and publish an article every day during the month of April (except Sundays).
Here at Everyday Musings, my theme for the month is Reflections from Around the World, where I’ll take a page from my personal travel journal each day and share a spiritual meditation or powerful thought that has been inspired by my travels.
For a discussion of great works of art that have gained such fame they have become The Classics, and what modern artists can learn from these works, be sure to visit my companion blog, The Artistic Christian.