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]
Every day, the wanderer walks through the invisible Barrier, in order to help the little girl devise a plan to breach the invisible Barrier. They go on little adventures together, of which the little girl never knew such great joy. She even starts to think that maybe, breaching the invisible Barrier is no longer necessary. But, often from great joy, follows great sorrow. And so it is, in the case of this little girl.
One day, in fact the last day the wanderer ever came to visit, the little girl seems especially sad.
“Is everything alright?” asks the wanderer.
“I am only watching the children play in the pond over there. I like to watch them cause they’re the first real people I’ve ever seen,” exclaims the little girl.
The wanderer tilts his head slightly to the side in bewilderment, “You do know that you are a real person too, right?”
A silence falls between the two of them that is most certainly not brief. Breaking the silence, the little girl opens her mouth to speak, “I’m pretty sure you are mistaken. I may look like them, but I am nothing like them. I know nothing of the world that they know.”
The wanderer lets out a huge sigh, “Well, that may be true, but just because you’re different doesn’t disqualify you from being a person and does not mean that you are any less than they are.”
With that, the little girl begins to sob once more. The wanderer welcomes her into an embrace, until her tears stop.