“And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call,
and they will gather His elect from the four winds,
from one end of the heavens to the other.”
Prissie found Koji sitting in her windowseat, paging through one of her old picture books. This particular one had been her favorite. Mostly because it was about a princess, and the story’s prince looked a lot like Milo.
“I didn’t know you liked kids’ books,” she said awkwardly.
Koji gravely shook his head. “I did not know it myself.”
“So … you like this one?”
“Indeed.” The young angel showed her what page he was on. “There are even heralds with trumpets.”
It was true, though Prissie had always paid more attention to the hero on the page. With a flourish of his blue cape, the prince bowed to kiss the princess’s hand. Quickly looking away, she mumbled, “I guess.”
The boy touched her arm. “Why are you embarrassed?”
She shrugged. “I loved this book so much, but now it seems really childish.”
“Not at all!” Patting the cushion at his side, Koji said, “I will read it to you.”
“You don’t have to. I know the book by heart.”
“Good,” he replied. “Then you will understand more quickly.”
And with that, he told the story from the beginning, but not with the words that were printed on the page. He improvised, changing her childhood bedtime story into a parable. She was still the princess in a pink dress, but the prince became Someone else entirely.
“As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so
will your God rejoice over you.” –Isaiah 62:5
“Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and
His bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright
and clean, was given her to wear.” –Revelation 19:7–8
“For your Maker is your husband—the LORD Almighty
is His name—the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
He is called the God of all the earth.” –Isaiah 54:5
When Koji finished, Prissie was amazed. “You turned my book into a love story about God?”
Koji tipped his head to one side. “Those who are called Beloved await their bridegroom.”
“I know Jesus is coming back, but I never thought of Him as a prince.”
The boy tapped the final picture, where the prince reached down to catch up his princess. She would ride with him to the castle in the distance. “The Prince of peace will return on a white horse. Trumpets will herald His arrival, and angels will attend Him.”
The more Prissie thought about it, the more she was looking forward to the happy ending God had in store. With a soft smile, she admitted, “I thought waiting for princes was getting a little too old-fashioned.”
“Your soul will always hope for that coming day.” Koji closed the book and promised, “Faith will become love at first sight.”
Look into these things …
“Even angels long to look into these things.” –1 Peter 1:12
♦ What was your favorite storybook when you were little?
♦ How many different kinds of love can you name?
♦ Are there love stories in the Bible? Can you see yourself in any of them?