Every little girl dreams about the happy ending. They dream about the white knight coming and rescuing them from the cruel, cold, dark dungeon and living happily ever after. I think little boys dream about slaying the dragon and rescuing that little girl too.
I sometimes think this myth that we all dream about is there for a reason. I think deep in our souls somewhere there is a knowledge that we are locked in the dungeon and we need rescuing. We know that our situation is hopeless. We know that we are helpless to get out of the chains binding us on our own. And we know that the dragon isn’t just guarding the entrance to the castle where we are kept…we know that he is coming to get us in the end.
I think that is why we dream of the Knight. And it’s no coincidence that he is bathed in light and in shiny, radiant armor. It’s because we know that it will take this light to banish the darkness in which we are imprisoned.
But there’s good news: suddenly the Knight comes! He comes to rescue us from the night of our soul. He slays the dragon. He breaks away our chains and pulls us into the light. And then we live happily ever after! Is this all just a fantasy or is it reality?
Unfortunately, for many, many people in the world this is just a fantasy that will never come true. The sinking suspicion they have had all their lives – that the dragon will come for them in the end is true. There will be no happily ever after. It is such a tragedy, mainly because it is something that doesn’t have to be.
You see, all the Knight in shining armor asks is to be called upon to come rescue them out of darkness and chains. Yet so many don’t and won’t. They sit in the dungeon in the dark and shake their fist at the Knight – cursing Him, hating Him, raging against Him.
However, there are some…a very few….but still some who realize where they are. Maybe it is because they see just a little bit of light bouncing off the Knight’s shining armor as He is outside the dungeon. And seeing that light, just a bit, makes them see the situation they are really in. They see the dark, dank dungeon. They see the dirt and muck they are laying in. They see the chains wrapped around their arms and their legs. And they can’t stand it. They want out and so they call for the Knight. And He comes!!!
He slays the dragon forever. He breaks the chains that bind them and pulls them out of the darkness and into His marvelous light! He is their Savior! And they live with the Knight, Happily Ever After!
Here is a verse from one of my favorite hymns. I think it says it well:
Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
thine eye diffused a quickening ray;
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
my chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed thee.
Amazing love! How can it be
that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?