No longer with a man in her life, the Princess was forced to tread the feared and unwanted solitary path. The solitary path leads to the place where the King can be seen in all his beauty, and the view of a land that stretches afar.
It was a path the Princess had avoided because it had to be traveled alone. She was afraid that sadness and loneliness lurked there. As she started along the path she reminded herself of the King’s promise that one day she would have a happy marriage, and tried to believe.
“You will be called by a new name,
A name given by the Lord himself.
You will be like a beautiful crown for the Lord.
No longer will you be called “Forsaken,”
Or your land be called “The Deserted Wife.”
Your new name will be “God Is Pleased with Her.”
Your land will be called “Happily Married,”
Because the Lord is pleased with you” Isaiah 62:2-4
Not far into the path, her brother the Bright One had given her a book to read about marriage, and the man’s role as a servant leader.
She read the book, but still had trouble trusting in the King’s design that a man should lead. Also she felt that marriage was designed mostly to benefit the man. She remembered how trapped she had felt within her first marriage.
Although the Princess was pleased to be presented with a new view on marriage, it didn’t really change her mind.
In addition, through Princess Deborah, the King gave her this letter;
Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone, to have a deep and fulfilling relationship with another. To be loved thoroughly and exclusively.
But God to the Christian says; “No, not until you are satisfied and fulfilled and content by being loved by me alone. I love you my child, and until you discover that only in me is your satisfaction to be found, you will not be capable of the perfect human relationship I have planned for you.
You will never be united with another until you are united with Me. Exclusive of anyone or any other desires or longings. I want you to STOP planning, STOP wishing and allow me to bring that person to you. You just keep watching me expecting the greatest things.
Keep listening and learning the things I tell you – just wait, that’s all.
Don’t be anxious. Don’t worry. Do not look around you at the things that you think you want – you just keep looking up to Me, or you will miss out on what I want to show you, and then when you are ready I will surprise you with a love more wonderful than you ever dreamed of. You see, until you are ready and until the one that I have for you is ready – I am even at this moment planning to have you both ready at the same time – Until you are both satisfied exclusively with Me – and the life I have planned for you, you won’t be able to experience the love that exemplifies your relationship with Me and this is perfect love.
And dear one, I want you to have this wonderful love. I want you to see in the flesh a picture of your relationship with me and enjoy materially and concretely the Everlasting Union/Beauty and perfection and love that I offer to you by myself.
The Princess thanked the King for what she had been given, and reassured she started to look at the lay of the land and explore. One day in late autumn she went further along the path than she had ever been before. She came to a field full of wild flowers.
A man with white hair wearing blue jeans and a white shirt was standing there, waiting. She gazed at him until he was obscured by a branch that gently waved in the autumn air.
When it lifted she moved closer and saw the Lord. Surprised, she looked at Him for a long time. Her mind groped for words. He was awesome. She approached Him as the Son of Man, and bowed down to Him as the Son of God. He seemed to be in his thirties, but he was an immortal, his finely chiselled face ageless. She could see from His face that He had seen it all, yet He was no cynic. His eyes and manner were full of wisdom, humour and love, but there was something else too. He exuded authority.
His hair moved back in the breeze, revealing twelve marks like dots on his high, intelligent forehead. She looked closer to see what they were, then realised these were scars. She took his hands and turned them over, looking at his wrists. These too had scars. Awed, she bowed down. Her tears fell on His scarred feet. The King held out His hand.
“Arise” He said. Standing to her feet, she tentatively put her hand to his face and told Him she loved Him, as she gave to Him the flowers that she had picked. As she sat down beside Him on the grass she said “I never knew that this place existed along the Solitary Path.” The King said “It is a good path. If you had a man in your life, you would have missed it.”
He reminded her of what He had said to her in His word;
“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
In quietness and trust is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15
Picking at a daisy, the Princess said “Lord, it is you that I want to love – more than I could love any man, differently than I could love anyone else.” The King smiled and held her. Bringing out His word He read this to her;
And in his love he will give you new life.” Zephaniah 3:17
Rising to their feet He showed her a butterfly that was fluttering its way through the still air, and then she found herself back in the late autumn, returning home on the Solitary Path.
The next day White Flower played her a song from Clay Pots that spoke of open fields of wild flowers, daisies and roses, and a woman that would come running at His call. “I dreamt of you, and I saw a Butterfly” she said.
The Lord made her this promise;
“He raises the poor from the dust
And lifts the needy from the ash heap;
He seats them with Princes,
With the Princes of their people.” Psalm 113:7-8