(An allegory of the church)
In the lookout tower on the Castle of Love, one of the watchmen held the high -powered binoculars to his eyes and slowly scanned the desert waste that spread out before him right to the distant horizon.
“Do you see any problems,” the young soldier at his side asked
“See that little group at just slightly less than one-oh-five? They seem to be wearying of the way.”
“Shall I send a dart, one of Agape's darts?”
The watchman shook his head. “No, not yet; hook up the sound waves to the Computer-Gadget and we will see if will understand what they are saying.”
The watchman was intently scanning the desert once again. He looked over the top of the glasses. “Yes?”
“I recorded the conversation as a video. It’s rather faint because of static, but let me know what you think of it.”
The watchman adjusted the earphones and turned up the volume; this is what he made out:
“Look, everyone, I see a castle over yonder.”
“Sorry, Fiona, that’s just a mirage. There are no castles in these parts.”
“But what if it was, just what if: then we could find rest and shelter.”
The watchman whipped off the earphones, eyes shining; “Shoot a dart, shoot one of Agape’s darts,” he cried, “aim true!”
Daniel’s hand trembled as he shot not once, not twice but three times! Others crowded around and watched in breathless suspense as the darts glistened and soared in the dry summer’s heat.
One dart hit the mark: Fiona’s breast. The watching soldiers exuberantly clapped each other on the back while Daniel snatched up the ear phones and someone else the binoculars.
Fiona’s hand pressed against her chest. “I felt such a warmth come over me when I spoke of that castle, just now. Erik let’s try to find it. Maybe it is a true haven. It looks so beautiful as if the light diffuses from within.”
Erik picked up another dart; it still had a slight glow and was warm to the touch.
“You may be right. I also am weary of this desert land,” but he hesitated, and threw the dart down. The others had already started to walk on ahead.
Daniel whirled to face his Captain. “May I go? May I rush over there and lead them to safety?”
The Captain was pleased with the youthful enthusiasm. “Go, lad, but remember to use much tact and discretion. They are used to their old ways and will not be eager to change. ”
The other young recruits leaned over the balustrade surrounding the tower and watched through their binoculars as he marched swiftly through the gathering darkness, his trusty lamp held high as he traveled.
“It’s dangerous out there,” Simon observed.
“Yes, but he is following instructions, and not going out on his own,” James reminded him.
Simon nodded as they watched the tiny prick of light grow smaller then leap high when Daniel reached the group who now sitting on boulders and eating their lunch.
“May the King bless his efforts,” The watchman murmured with moist eyes, while the others nodded in agreement.
While Daniel is valiantly making his way across rugged territory to find the wanderers, we will take a peek in on some unhappy campers who chose a basement suite in the glorious Castle of Light.
Ezekiel: 34: 11, 12, 16