Inspired by Galatians 2:20-21: “I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside God’s grace, because if righteousness could come through the law, then Christ died for nothing!” [New English Translation]
When they arrive, the little girl can’t believe her eyes. It is the most beautiful garden she has ever seen with her own two eyes. Underneath her feet, there lie the greenest grass there ever was. The man leads her to a single cherry blossom tree at the far end of the garden, “What is this place?” asks the little girl.
“Your new home, and the reason I was away for so long,” replies the man. “After I brought you to the shack, I came here and began to prepare this place for you. Everyone here thought that you might be too lost to live in a place like this but I insisted on preparing this place for you. They finally gave in, and let me set aside a place here, for you.” The man says as he begins to smile.
“That can’t be. This garden is way too beautiful to be given to the likes of me,” says the little girl.
“I have to disagree. There was never a more genuine, gifted, and beautiful person to care of this garden, than you,” says the man. “If you don’t believe me, ask them.” He points to a nearby cottage and starts leading her in that direction. As they walk inside, there is a sudden chorus of cheering. It is the children she had watched skipping together, playing together, and laughing together beside the pond. She breaks down into tears of joy. She can finally meet these people face to face. All at once, they all run to embrace her, welcoming her into her new home.
For the first time since the beginning, she knows the Blackness no more.
She begins to separate from the world she once knew. The little girl smiles as she begins her new life, hopeful about her future in this new world.
Questions to Ponder: As you read this series, which character did you identify with the most and why? Have you had a similar journey like the main character in the story? Where do you experience "home?"