This is Day 15 of 40 days of the allegorical devotional fiction, The Woman in the Wilderness.
The gossamer prince’s eyes contained innumerable sorrows, but as surely as pain was present, so was joy. When the last of that night’s tears over his unrequited love hit the ground, a gem appeared where it fell.
The treasure was unlike anything she’s ever seen before, for it seemed to reflect greater light than the fire it was mirroring.
The sorrow on the prince’s face was replaced by joy as he flew towards the gem. Picking it up, he easily lifted it above his head to show her. “Do you know what this means?!” he exclaimed.
She smiled and shook her head, worried that the gem – at least twice the size of his head – might fall on him.
“It’s a promise! The Lover of Souls loves fulfilling His promises, and He is faithful in making them happen.”
“That is true,” she said, knowing that He was indeed true to His Word. ”But what exactly is this a promise of?”
“For me, it means that those who sow in tears will reap in joy. My beloved may not love me, but as sure as the sun rises, I know now that He will bring me someone who will.” Sheer conviction and belief covered his handsome face. It seemed nothing could ever erase his smile. His eyes mirrored the sparkle of the beautiful gem in his hands. “Good things are to come. For you and for me. Do not be dismayed, beautiful one. The Liar will try to discourage you as he has tried many times to discourage me, but we are of people of good courage! Oh, woman in the wilderness, don’t you see? What treasures await you! He has a promise for me, and surely, He has a promise for you!”
Gem still lifted in the air, he began dancing around the fire. So lost was he in his jubilation, she was almost hesitant to ask what begged to be asked. She cleared her throat.
He stopped short of his dance and laughed. “Of course. Forgive me for getting lost in celebration, for I was reminded that if we only open our eyes, we will see that we have much to celebrate.” His wings carried him up in the air. He then extended the gem toward her. She opened her hand, and he placed the gem on her palm. “Do not waver in your quest to find Him, for tonight, He is reminding you that He is a Rewarder of those who seek Him. There’ll be much trouble along the way, but take heart. He has overcome the world.”
She held on to the gem, even as their eyes met, and it was almost as if the prince’s joy flowed from him to her. “Thank you,” she said.
“You now have fire, a story and a promise, beloved. It’s everything you need for a night’s peaceful rest. I shall see you again.”
And just like that, he was gone, but she was the farthest thing from alone, because she knew that His presence was right there with her.
Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled. Joshua 21:45 (NIV)
Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy.
Psalm 126:5 (NIV)
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV)
Have you ever doubted any of His promises? Have you made decisions in obedience to Him and wondered why things did not pan out as you expected?
We often go through this world, with our eyes open to the troubles that surround us, and let’s face it: each day has plenty of trouble. And there’s more to be had in the future, but His promises give us hope, because no matter what situation we are in, we can rest assured that He will fulfill His promises to us.
Where we have sown in tears, we will reap in joy. Where we have seen trouble, if we choose to seek Him, if we choose to set our eyes on Him in faith, He will be our Rewarder. His Word says so.
We will have our times of faltering when it feels like we can no longer hold on to faith, but I pray today that He will give you the faith you need to go on. Just like it is in the story, may someone be there for you to remind you that there’s to joy to be had in the wilderness, and that you and I are never alone.