This past fall and winter, an unfortunate series of circumstances occurred which resulted in a couple of necessary surgeries. Without going into gruesome details, let’s just say the whole experience didn’t sit very well with me.
While recuperating in the weeks that followed, I started reading the Kingfountain series, which is a set of nine books written by Jeff Wheeler and which came highly recommended by a friend of mine. The fictional series reflected a medieval time, complete with lords and ladies, good and evil, heroes and villains, and of course, kings and queens. Well written and full of twists and turns, it was an easy task to devour one book after another. But there was one common thread that bound the series; one united mindset that set the hero aside from all the others. It was a profound thought, a vow turned lifestyle, an utterance and motto in which the hero and others like him wholeheartedly lived and yes, ultimately died declaring…”Loyalty Binds Me”.
The Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines the word “loyalty” as: implying a faithfulness that is steadfast in the face of any temptation to renounce, desert, or betray. One definition of the dictionary also describes the word “binds” as: to make a firm commitment for. Together, these two words combine to form an impenetrable covenant. Owen, the consummate hero in the series, takes this oath so seriously that he risks his own life to overthrow the evil king he serves under in order to ensure the rightful heir is secured as king of Ceredigion.
Back in the present day, the here and now, commonly called reality, we don’t hear so much about loyalty any more. In fact, we seem to see a lot of just the opposite; a mindset of disloyalty or unfaithfulness has unfortunately become commonplace. Whether one is disloyal to one’s job, spouse, church, friends, country or even God, the attitude of being disloyal or unfaithful can turn a life, marriage, business and/or community completely up…side…down. You could argue that your workplace does not support you, that your spouse doesn’t attempt to communicate or understand you, that if God really loved us, He wouldn’t allow bad things to happen to good people or any of the other situations just mentioned. Once the seed of unfaithfulness and doubt is planted, it can and often times does yield a harvest full of heartache and regret. For once you are familiar with unfaithfulness in one area of your life, it becomes easier to allow it to seep into ALL areas of your life.
We all, at times, question the validity of the difficult situations we face. It is in those times, we want to rush forward and take matters into our own hands, making rash decisions as opposed to just hunkering down to pray and wait; wait for the solution to present itself, for the door of opportunity to open, for the green light to proceed to the next season in our life, to hear His still small voice inside saying, “trust in Me, believe in Me, I have this…let go, trust and obey”.
The poem reflected below describes the cement that loyalty creates, binding together the areas of your life that show the cracks and wear of the everyday life. Simply stated, regardless of the challenging areas of your life—never give up!
Loyalty Binds Me
Always working behind the eight ball, wading through this day of stress
The stack of work never seems to lessen, my calendar’s a mess,
But I have to pause and thank the Lord that He gave this job to me
So I can use my God given abilities, to provide for my family.
You see loyalty binds me to the place I work with all its’ ups and downs
They say what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, I must be muscle bound,
But I’ll be faithful to my place of work until the time to move on has come
The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, tempting as it is for some.
Harsh words were used, doors were slammed, hurt feelings lying on the floor
Our relationship’s in shambles, I don’t know if I can take it anymore,
What has happened, where was the breakdown, how did we end up in such a mess?
My love for you has been waning but it’s both our faults I guess.
But loyalty binds me, my hope realigns me to know our love is true
Though difficulties come, I’m pressing on to faithfully see us through,
So let’s keep striving, not just surviving to build a solid marital core
I can’t wait, till we again embrace and say those words, I love you more.
Here I am Lord, once again Lord, pleading deep inside
I haven’t heard your voice for so long it seems and my doubts begin to rise,
I know you are the great I AM, and I am one of the least of these
So forgive me for my impatience but please listen to my pleas.
I know I’ve caused a lot of pain in life by my own cursed hands
By not trusting in You and not waiting on you, building on sinking sands,
But I believe in You still and always will, I’m asking for a second chance
Please don’t give up on me, love and forgive me please, restore our great romance.
For loyalty binds me, your Love realigns me to the place where you want me to be
By faith I know, You are there even though at times I cannot hear you or see,
My hope is in you, my very salvation too, you are my provider of comfort and peace
Yeshua I pray, be my champion always, my Redeemer, my Savior, my Priest.
Yes, Your grace is what binds me, your mercy positions me to a place of perfect peace
Only Your love alone will lead me on until one day my last breath will cease,
Until that day comes, I must tarry on and be obedient to do my Father’s will
To push towards that prize, until I open my eyes and see your radiant face, oh what a thrill!