So while the prince went on his travels encountering many difficulties, and suffering much want, she secretly watched him, to see if he indeed was worthy of her. The prince's love for the beautiful qualities of the princess held true, and he gladly suffered all the trials that came his way for the thought of obtaining his beautiful princess. As the princess watched the prince she noticed his generosity, his kind and gentle heart, and the more she watched and waited the deeper in love with the prince she fell. Finally, she could wait no longer, and she revealed herself in her full beauty to the prince, who was completely smitten by her appearance - finding her even far more beautiful than he had ever imagined - and he embraced her as if he would never let her go. From that point the prince and the princess remained forever in love with each other, and their combined kingdom was known far and wide as the most beautiful of all the lands: a most just, peaceful and joyous place where visitors would find the most generous and loving people.
The princess in this tale is none other than God himself in the person of Jesus. The princess' beauty is a spiritual beauty - it is Jesus's gentle and loving heart combined with his (greatest possible) meekness and patience. You and I, and everyone else are the prince. Everyone must leave their earthly pleasures and amusements and seek out the princess (God) above all other things. And such is the nature of God that He will not let Himself be won easily. Before He will let Himself be found you must first go through many trials to cleanse your heart of all dross; until you have a heart worthy of being presented to God. Also, like the prince, you must demonstrate your devotion and love of God's beautiful spiritual qualities above all else before obtaining this prize like no other.
"For My Kingdom suffers force, and those who do not seize it forcibly will not enter it."
"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it."