This is Day 13 of 40 days of the allegorical devotional fiction, The Woman in the Wilderness.
The Gossamer Prince
The twilight was fast disappearing and dusk was drawing near. She hadn’t gone too far along the road since the sycamore had hurriedly – but gently – shooed her away.
She asked herself if she should gather firewood. I don’t have a fire to light it with, she thought, hesitating. She then shrugged. Might as well gather some. Just in case He sends light by flashes of lightning or whatever.
It didn’t take too long before she had an ample supply of firewood so she settled herself beneath a tree, after arranging for herself a bed of leaves, the pile of firewood set in front of her. In a minute or two, twilight completely closed and darkness covered the forest.
She was beginning to wonder where the light would come from, but held on to what He told her through the sycamore. “His Word will light your path when it gets dark.”
Determined not to let the darkness bother her, she shut her eyes and for some reason, remembered Jeremiah, specifically a passage that she didn’t quite understand.
Faithless Israel is more righteous than unfaithful Judah.
It is better to be faithless than to be unfaithful. But what is the difference? I, for one, would rather be neither. I want to be faithful to Him. Still, the passage bothered her, even as two other passages kept running through her mind…
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge… The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
What does all this mean? She opened her eyes, half-expecting to see darkness, half-expecting to see light. Oh me of little faith… she chastised herself, ashamed that she still doubted His ability to come through for her.
As her eyes completely opened, however, a rather amazing sight caught her eyes. A small young man with wings like eagles had just settled on the ground beside her. He was an amazing sight with his shining, translucent wings and gossamer countenance. She estimated his height to be as tall as the distance from her elbow to the tip of her middle finger. A wreath of emerald leaves were atop his head. He looked at her and smiled before looking at the firewood. He nodded and chuckled, seemingly delighted by the sight of the firewood. He pointed at the pile, and she almost jumped back, startled when a brilliant fire began to blaze over the wood, dissipating the darkness around her.
She looked questioningly at the young man. He winked at her as he sat down on the ground, staring at the fire.
“I’m the Gossamer Prince, if you’re wondering. I’d shake your hand, but I’m positive that you can crush me with it, so a ‘hello’ would suffice.”
And so she smiled and weakly said, “Hello,” to the winged gossamer prince.
The LORD said to me, “Faithless Israel is more righteous than unfaithful Judah.
Jeremiah 3:11 (NIV)
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge…
Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Proverbs 9:10 (NIV)
He longs for a wholehearted bride. I would like to think that we long to be wholehearted in our pursuit of Him, but if you are anything like me, then to some extent, your heart is divided. It is reflected in the way we spend our time and money, the way we struggle in our thought life, the choices that we make.
We have seasons of wholeheartedness, and then we falter, we stumble, we fall. And we then try to go back to that wholeheartedness. We keep talking about how we want to know His will, want to know Him, but we also neglect our devotion to Him.
He understands. He knows our innermost being. He understands why we are pulled here and there, to and fro. He loves us still, but His is also a heart that pines for our faithfulness, for us to love Him with everything that we are.
May the fear of the Lord show us the way to wholeheartedness that we might be undivided, wholly His.