I walked the land for days. I was told if I could find the castle I would find the Kingdom. Not many I came across had ever heard of the castle, let alone know how to find it. That did not deter me from searching. I heard it calling.
I continued my journey. Desperately looking for anyone who could tell me how to get to the castle. I entered a forest and saw the child. He was looking at me and had a smile on his face.
I asked the child if he knew where the castle was. He looked at me quizzicality and asked, “Where have you looked?”
I started to answer but he continued, “you look but you do not see. The thing you search for is right in front of you.”
This child did not know anything about a castle. “If it is right in front of me then why am I still searching?”
He again said, “because you look but do not see.” He then scurried off into the forest.
I scratched my head, perplexed at that conversation but continued my journey. It had been several days when I came upon another child.
“Hello, can you tell me how to get to the castle?” I asked.
“Where have you searched?” asked the child.
“I have been on so many roads, so many trails, so many paths that I have lost count,” I answered.
“Have any of those roads brought you closer to the castle?”
I thought, what kind of question is that? Isn’t it obvious the answer is no since I am asking you where it is? “I do not believe so. I have not found many people who have even heard of it, let alone know where it is.” What is wrong with the children in this kingdom? I silently thought.
“Many have been on this journey you are on. Some have succeeded in finding the castle. Some have never been on the right path. Others have quit searching when they were only steps away.”
“Why would they quit searching when they were steps away? Couldn’t they see it?” I asked.
“The evil one put scales over their eyes. He does not want anyone finding the castle and he will do whatever it takes to make you turn away and quit searching.”
With that, he left me with only more questions than answers. Who was this evil one? Why would anyone quit searching for something so grand? Why would they not want to live in the castle and the kingdom? None of this was making sense to me.
I continued on the path I was on. I was hoping that I would find someone who could lead me to the castle. It had been months since I saw the last child but I was on a journey and I was not going to stop until I found it.
I was rounding a corner when I saw a man sitting beside the road. “Where ya goin’?” he asked.
“I’m not really sure,” I responded. “I am searching for the castle in the kingdom but I have not been able to find it yet.”
“Oh, I see,” he said. “Mind if I tag along?”
“Not to be disrespectful but I prefer not. This is a journey I must take alone,” I answered.
“Why don’t you go down this way?” he said as he pointed to the left of me. “I have heard down that road will be all the money you could ever want.”
“Thanks, but I have had money and it did not bring me the peace I search for.”
“Why not go down this road?” he said as he pointed to the right. “I have heard there all the women you could ever desire down that road.”
“Thanks, but I have had my share of women and they did not fill the hole in my heart,” I replied.
“Why not turn around and go back to where you were? Surely it is a lot easier than searching for a mythical castle that you will never find.”
“You must be the evil one the child told me about. I will not listen to your serpents tongue. I will be on my way now.”
With that, I bid him farewell and was on my way again.
It seemed like another year had passed but I knew it could have only been days. I was getting frustrated. Why could I not find this castle?
I crested a hill and saw the two children again. “Hello again, will you continue to talk in riddles or will you show me the way to the castle?”
“The castle is located where you will never expect it to be. You will find it when you can cross the moat between your mind and your heart. You must understand, through faith, that what is seen was not made from the visible. You must have faith in what you do not see.”
Do what? Are these children serious? Moat, mind, heart, invisible, visible?
“You must lower the drawbridge and connect what you believe to be the truth and what you know to be the truth. When your heart and your mind are one you will find the castle. When you find the truth you will find the castle for the castle is the truth.”
“Keep searching. Walk in faith. You are on the right path.”
As perplexed as I was, I felt a peace that I had not felt before. Somehow, what they said was making sense. I knew I had not found the castle yet but I knew I was close. I knew I was heading in the right direction. One step at a time, one minute at a time, I will keep on walking.
Kingdom by David Dunn –
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2 –
Walk By Faith by Jeremy Camp –
Sing In The Valley by The Perrys –