Once upon a time, the Perfect King, who was powerful and creative, ruled the perfect Kingdom called Celestial City. A multitude of warriors comprised His army and servants ministered to His Kingdom needs.
Bursting with an enormous amount of love to share, the Perfect King wanted to expand His territory, to create a special place for new inhabitants.
He didn’t design a cozy bungalow or a gold-inlayed palace for them, but rather He created a lush, prolific garden – all for the first inhabitants’ pleasure.
Starting with the roof, the King created a never-ending, sapphire canopy, arrayed with a flaming chandelier of light to warm the inhabitants and illumine their path during the day.
The tree of life spread out its limbs of shade for a cool respite in the afternoon and heavenly breezes blew for refreshment.
Fields, overflowing with harvests of grains and vegetables, all begging to be picked, boasted the first outdoor kitchen. The tree branches bowed to the ground under the ample supply of succulent, ripe fruit.
And for the inhabitants’ drinking pleasure, crystalline water gushed forth from the center of the garden, as a continual current of bubbly refreshment.
At day’s end, when twilight hovered, the Perfect King drew the curtain of darkness shut, poking holes in it for stars to sparkle through like bazillions of twinkling lights sprinkled across a drape of black velvet.
Choreographed like a dance of angels with flashlights and orchestrated by the man in the moon, these nightlights lit the path to the throne of the King.
Because He filled the garden with peace, health, prosperity, safety, contentment, and joy, He named it Kingdom Shalom.
But His new kingdom had no life in it, so He created His first two subjects and put them in the garden, giving them control of it. But this didn’t mean they could be lazy and not work. Oh, no. They still had to work the garden.
One day, Wannabe Kingpin snuck into the garden. Unfortunately, he was one of the main leaders from Celestial City, who thought he could govern better than the Perfect King. When he rebelled, the King threw him out, because there could be only one true Ruler.
When Wannabe left, at least one third of the King’s warriors decided to go with him. They were known as the Horrible Horde.
One day in Shalom, Wannabe deluded the two new subjects into disobeying the King’s decree. With great regret, the King banished His companions from the beautiful garden, forcing them to live in Worldly Wasteland, which was outside Shalom.
As more subjects populated the Wasteland, their behavior grew worse. To get them back on the path of good behavior, the King created an enormous flood and destroyed everything except one family and a sampling of all the animals.
After the flood, people populated Worldly Wasteland again. Two classes of subjects developed, one was called the Faithful Fold, who were very special to the King, as they considered Him The One and Only King.
Their love for the Perfect King fueled their desire to obey Him. Once in a while, they misbehaved, but since they lived in a part of Worldly Wasteland called Goshen, which means drawing near, they asked the King for forgiveness, which He always complied.
The other group was the Rowdy Rebels, a sassy, disobedient, and ungrateful bunch, complaining and grumbling all the time. They didn’t like the way the King governed and didn’t want to be a part of the Faithful Fold.
Still to this day, Wannabe Kingpin and his Horrible Horde roam around looking to steal, kill, and destroy anything that belongs to the King.
And the two classes continue on: the Rowdy Rebels, who remain a disobedient and ungrateful bunch, and the Faithful Fold, who consider the Perfect King to be The One and Only King.
The King filled the emptiness of the world with His kingdom, but only the Kingdom can fill man’s emptiness.
Kingdom blessings to you…Lynn