Character Friday – Sir Knight of the Splendid Way – Part One
I currently listening to the new Lamplighter Theater production, called “Sir Knight of the Splendid Way.” I finished the first disk yesterday. Next week’s post will probably be about the next half, because as of right now, I don’t even know how it ends. 🙂
It is the story, (or rather allegory, should I say) of a man named Constant, who wants to serve the King with his whole heart. He wants to have a story worthy of telling, such as other Knights have had before him. but he is afraid that he is unworthy of such a task. he is not sure that he has the strength, courage and fortitude to complete it without failure.
His friend, Sir Fortus, gives him this advice:
“If thou will follow the vision, thine will be a story worth the telling.”
I love this piece of advice. it is the promise that if we grasp hold of the vision that God has set before us, the vision that we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, then our story shall be worth telling for generations to come.
Sir Constant begins his journey on the Splendid Way. he meets up with evil at what seems like every turn. But he presses on, looking forward to completing his journey.
He comes to a city that seems safe and serene enough, but where wickedness dwells. A wise old man warns him of the peril of the place. he warns him that as he travels through the city, he must not get swept away by the enchantment of the place. Constant feels sure of himself, and so they set off together.
Constant, weighed down by his armor, and fatigued with the heat of the day and the sweat of the journey, remarks to his companion, “I have not yet met another man with armor…It is getting quite warm, and my armor is quite heavy. There is no danger here. I shall leave my shield and armor here and take them up again when we come back this way.”
“No!” His wise companion says, warning him that evil will overtake him if he is not protected. He then says something that I think is very, very cool:
“Keep the vision. Guard thine heart. Dare not discard thine armor!”
How true this applies to the Christian life! We must keep the vision (as said above), we must guard our hearts from Satan’s wiles, and we must dare not discard our armor of faith, salvation, righteousness, truth and peace!
if we keep these truths always within in our hearts and on our minds, then by God’s grace we shall find great joy as we walk on the splendid way of God’s paths.