Value: The Lost
I do not typically have to discuss the theme of a children’s story but this one might be misinterpreted. In this story of a prince who is lost from his kingdom, it may be easy to analyze the prince as being Jesus himself, the son of the King who came to live with us on wicked earth. The prince represents each of us as kids of God who are not mindful that our father is the King and deliberately do not enter into our inheritance and stay lost in the squalor and poverty of sin.
The cry went out from runners on horseback who galloped through every street, every town, every field and forest of the kingdom with the terrible news. Young prince Roger was missing. The King was frantic to discover his only kid.
Even in the beggar’s town, the anxiety for the lost prince was obvious. While the poor, the homeless, the sick and the castaways that were people of this village were frequently too taken in with survival and finding safe and tranquil places to sleep and eat, the idea of their precious prince being lost, taken or dead was heartbreaking to them.
Godfrey resided in the beggar town with his uncle Sven although he rarely saw his Uncle because he was frequently off finding food for them or attempting to get sincere work. Godfrey had time in the town to make buddies and even play, like the other boys and ladies of rich individuals could do. To a beggar a rich individual is just somebody with a real mother and father, a home to live in, clothing that were clean and brand-new, a school to go to and enough to consume not to point out presents at Christmas.
Godfrey decreased to the “play area” which was an area of the city that different boxes, tubes and damaged toys that were gotten rid of by individuals who were not beggars threw away were gathered for the kids to have fun with throughout the day. Uncle Sven arranged this play ground so someone ensured the things there were “safe” or as safe as a play area in a beggars town might be. As Godfrey was attempting to take apart a broken tool, he looked up and saw a young boy he did not recognize. He strolled over to introduce himself.
” Hello, my name is Godfrey. Who are you?”
” I do not know.” The boy responded to inexplicably.
” What do you suggest you have no idea? You know your name and who you cope with don’t you?” Godfrey objected.
” No. I forgot whatever. I don’t know my name and I do not live with anyone. Someone found me roaming on the streets of Kingdom City and they brought me here since they said beggars need to live here. I do not think I have a name. I am not anyone.”
Godfrey discovered this new boy extremely unusual. They met every day and made up video games from the thrown away scrap that was kept in the beggar’s play area. One day they were strolling on the roadways outside the beggar’s town when Godfrey saw one of the signs for the lost prince.
” What’s wrong, Godfrey” the kid with no name asked.
” Look, there on the indication is an illustration of the Prince of the Kingdom who is lost. Look at it. That drawing looks much like you.” Both kids gazed but the nameless young boy could not see it. It was clear as can be to Godfrey that the anonymous boy looked precisely like Prince Roger.
” Well I am not Prince Roger.” The anonymous boy objected. “Look at me. Do I look or imitate a prince? If I had run away from the castle, wouldn’t I be in prince’s clothes? Get up Godfrey. I do not believe there even is a Prince or a King or a Kingdom. Everybody is simply decomposing away in their own beggars villages every where.”
How could Godfrey get the lost and forgetful Prince Roger to look up and see who he truly is? He seemed so down, so lost, so persuaded that the extremely genuine path to salvation and glories and riches just did not exist when Godfrey understood full well it did. The next day, they were exploring unopened cans in the play area when Godfrey spotted a glimmer under the lost kid’s shirt.
” Let me take a look at something.” He cautioned the anonymous kid. “Don’t get anxious, I will not injure you.” And he put his hand under the collar of his shirt and found a chain. Pulling it up there was a bright gold medallion hanging from the solid silver chain. “Look at this. Did you know this was there?” Godfrey asked.
” No, it’s a surprise to me.” The boy answered.
It states ‘To my precious only kid Roger’ and the symbol on it is the sign of the King. The King has put his mark on you that you will be his royal boy forever and this mark can offer you your inheritance. Godfrey explained with a voice that was both ecstatic and complete of empathy for the lost boy.
” Well ok. I’ll play your plot if you desire me to.” The lost prince finally yielded however not with very much conviction. Godfrey asked some individuals and discovered the best ways to make his way to Kingdom City. He got a little food and the 2 beggar boys made their way to the house of the King. Once there, Godfrey was able to find streets and passageways to get the lost Prince to the gate of the palace. There he told his buddy to simply walk into the yard and his friend did as he was asked to do.
The enjoyment shot through the castle and far off in the castle walls, Godfrey could hear the King shouting “MY SON? Godfrey duplicated his path back out of Kingdom City and into the quiet Beggars town and went to the play ground to believe but when he got there, he was surprised at exactly what he saw. There sat the royal King Roger, in his old beggar’s clothes playing with a stone.
” Why are you here?” Godfrey asked extremely disturbed that the prince was not at house with his family. “You are Prince Roger. You should be on the throne, ruling the universe with your father.” He sobbed.
” Godfrey, I appreciate your efforts however that was all just a game. There is no King, no Kingdom and I am simply a beggar, similar to you.” He said and that depressed declaration of blindness to his royal inheritance upset Godfrey a lot, he went house where his Uncle Sven was home at last from his work. Godfrey told his Uncle all about the Prince and how they had taken a trip to the King but the Prince simply could not comprehend his inheritance.
” Well it’s like everyone in some cases, Godfrey.” Uncle Sven said lovingly. “We are all Children of God and are successors to His huge fortunes. The livestock of every hill are His and He want us to reside in his love and delight however so many times we live in sin and hardship, choosing not to see the wealth that is currently ours. Go and get the young prince. We will feed him and look after him and wish him that God will open his eyes to who he really is, the kid of the most high King.”
Godfrey did that and along the way he wished himself and the other beggars and for everyone that people would understand who we truly are, the kids of the Master of deep space and the sons and children of a God who will offer all to us, if we will simply live with him and let him live in us.
One day they were strolling on the roadways outside the beggar’s village when Godfrey saw one of the signs for the lost prince. It was clear as can be to Godfrey that the anonymous kid looked precisely like Prince Roger.
How could Godfrey get the lost and forgetful Prince Roger to look up and see who he actually is? When there, Godfrey was able to discover back streets and passageways to get the lost Prince to the gate of the palace. Godfrey informed his Uncle all about the Prince and how they had traveled to the King however the Prince simply might not understand his inheritance.