Chapter 17 Dalliance

TrustThe righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduces them.  Proverbs 12:26

On the weekend that marked the King’s death and resurrection, the Minstrel pounced, taking the usually wary Princess by surprise.  He said that being ignored made him desire her.

It was true she had been busy with work, sport and new friends.  Although she was annoyed at this latest ploy, and knew he would change his mind again, it promised to be an interesting interlude.

Still seeking validation in the eyes of a man, she found herself interested in spite of her better judgement.  Mistaking his flattery for the words of affirmation her hungry soul craved, she thought perhaps he now saw her for who she really was.  “Are you a friend, or a man?” she wondered.

“A friend means well, even when he hurts you.

But when an enemy puts his arm around your shoulder – watch out!” Proverbs 27:6

She forgot about the King and decided to enjoy the attention. After playing with him for a while, she called a stop to the proceedings.

As for you, my brothers, you were called to be free. But do not let this freedom become an excuse for letting your physical desires control you.  Galatians 5:13

Keeping him in the friend zone, she chose not to sleep with him and crept home, leaving her children sleeping at his place with his children. The next day the King called her to His side.  He was pleased to see her, but told her off for nearly going off the track again. “I know that it seems far more interesting than the Flat lands, but do not go down that road.  The princess looked down to avoid the King’s gaze.  “I did not intend to go and tread that path with the Minstrel. I had not even planned to visit him!” she answered, making excuses. “I know that he lured you into his den, but it is you I will hold more accountable, for you ought to know better.

“Lord, I am sorry” she said. He forgave her instantly. She said “I don’t understand him, or trust him.” The King replied “Do not believe his words. He acts out of his feelings.  His moods change as rapidly as the surface of Tasman, that ocean out there that leads to Australia.  Do you have faith in him?”  “No” she replied.  “Remember, you will need to have faith; faith in yourself, faith in your fellow man, and faith in me” the King reminded her.

Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
    or walk in the way of evildoers.
Avoid it, do not travel on it;
    turn from it and go on your way.
For they cannot rest until they do evil;
    they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.
They eat the bread of wickedness
    and drink the wine of violence.

The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
    shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
    they do not know what makes them stumble. Proverbs 4:14-19


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