One night she entered the Kingdom and looked around. She saw a devastated city with a torn down temple. It had been attacked, abandoned and neglected. The walls that surrounded the city were also down in many places. There were places where it was all just piles of rubble.
It was still night as I left the city through the Valley Gate on the west and went south past Dragon’s Fountain to the Rubbish Gate. As I went, I inspected the broken walls of the city and the gates that had been destroyed by fire.
Then on the east side of the city I went north to the Fountain Gate and the King’s Pool. My mount could not find a way through the rubble, so I went down into Kidron Valley and rode along, looking at the wall. Then I returned the way I had come and went back into the city through the Valley Gate. Nehemiah 2:13-15
The Valley gate for the Princess was the place where she had met the King as a shepherd. The Dragon’s Fountain was an unsafe place where she had met people like Silver Tongue. Crocodiles dwelt there.
The walls or lack thereof bothered her worse than the rubble. The Kingdom needed walls. Without walls, people would see the debris and think they too could dump their rubbish. In the future, the Kingdom would not be a dumping ground. People who trespassed against her would be taken to the rubbish gate, along with their rubbish.
What would she use for rebuilding? In her dream, the Princess reined in her mount and looked at the King with a question in her eyes. He reined in his big white horse and turned to her. “Do not be disheartened. You are to use those burned stones for rebuilding the sections of the wall that are down” He advised her. “What? Retrieve out of that rubble the charred stones that have once been used?” she asked disbelievingly.
“Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble – burned as they are?” Nehemiah 4:2
The King replied; “Yes. I will recycle and use what you consider to be wasted. It will take time to get those charred stones cleaned up and knocked back into shape, so that they may be used again in the wall, but do not be discouraged.”
“But now don’t be discouraged, any of you. Do the work, for I am with you.” Haggai 2:4
“Those that I can use the most are the ones who have been made whole in wounded places and strengthened in broken places.” – The Word for Today, 2 June 1997