Those falls weren’t always there. It all started when an Indian warrior became engaged to a girl who had a white mother and a Sioux Indian chief for her father. One day the warrior had to leave to fight a great battle. When he returned to his tribe his betrothed had taken ill and was dying from a fever. Her parents took the only thing of value they had, which was the bridal veil worn by the chief’s wife on their wedding day. They gave it to the warrior and sent him to buy medicine with it. Doing as he was told, the warrior took the veil to the nearest settlement, bought medicine, and returned as quickly as he could to his dying bride. She took the medicine and soon was well again.
“Now the bride had nothing to wear on her head because it had been sold for medicine, but they went ahead with the wedding anyway, right here, on this very spot. And when the warrior kissed his bride, God broke open the rocks above and let a veil run through for her. The old chief said it was God’s affirmation of the warrior’s noble and pure heart and that the waters would flow here forever.”
—excerpt, The Pretender: A Blackguard in Disguise
The above story is told by the character of Noah Hansen to his new love, Tillie Caselli (Angel), at the base of Bridal Veil Falls in Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota. It’s a non-existent story I made up and inserted into the series about sixteen years ago, before it was published.
I am currently working on the edits and revisions of Books 3-5 as we prepare the second printing of The Caselli Family Series. I had forgotten that the above story, which is first told in Book I, The Pretender, will be repeated in Book IV, The Gift.
During prayer, God prompted me to look into the waters of Meribah (Exodus 17:3-7). In the Exodus account, the Israelites are so thirsty that Moses thinks they are “almost ready to stone” him. God tells Moses “I will stand there before you at the rock of Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this.
Let me say here that when I wrote the above story about Bridal Veil Falls, I was NOT a scholar of the Old Testament. Sure, I read my Psalms and Proverbs everyday, and maybe a page or two from one of the prophets. I didn’t start studying my Old Testament until about twelve years ago. I wrote the story about Bridal Veil Falls, stuck it in the drafts, and then forgot about it.
“…but the bride had nothing to wear on her head…”
We are often called “the Bride of Christ” in the Scriptures. In the Old Testament, we have the Law and the Prophets, but we didn’t have anything for our head. Those who lived by the Law, perished by the Law. There was no alternative; no washing away of our sin, no beautiful adornment. We had to go through the actions of the Law for the forgiveness of our sins, but those actions didn’t stick with us. We lived in a repetitive cycle of: sin, sacrifice, sin, sacrifice, sin, sacrifice…get my point? We were sick and dying of thirst, and we had nothing beautiful to show for it.
God, in His infinite wisdom and glory provided us with the beautiful adornment that heals us and finishes the wedding of the “Bride of Christ.”
In 1st Corinthians 10:4, Paul explains that “[the Israelites] drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.” Jesus said of Himself, “…whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14. [emphasis mine]
So, back to Bridal Veil Falls…the warrior has returned from a great battle to find his bride sick and dying. Her father gives him something of value to sell for medicine.
We are sick and dying in our transgressions, beloved, but our Father has provided something of value that will make us well again! He sent His own Warrior in our place so that “whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
”Let us rejoice and be glad and give him gory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” Revelation 19:7-8(a) God provided for the holy adornment we need in his sanctifying Presence through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.
“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice He judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but He Himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following Him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.” Revelation 19:11-14
The context here indicates that the rider is Christ returning as Warrior-Messiah-King, (niv commentary, © 1984) and He is the One Who provides His holy army with the “fine linen, white and clean.”
I noticed in my original drafts of the Bridal Veil Falls’ story I had capitalized Warrior throughout. Beloved, I submit to you, that this story came from God. He used my hands and my head to complete His work so that He could show me His awesome perfection in all that He does. And I share that with you—not to boast in myself, but to boast “in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Galatians 6:14
“And when the Warrior kissed His Bride, God broke open the rocks above and let a veil run through for her. The old Chief said that it was God’s affirmation of the Warrior’s noble and pure heart and that the waters would flow here forever.”
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.” Revelation 22:1
Beloved, it is written on our hearts! When we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord of our lives, He kisses us with His glory, adorning us with fine linen, making us presentable before the Father. Only Jesus’ heart was noble and pure enough to establish our eternity.
Jesus said, “They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” Matthew 24:30-31
He’s coming for us. Praise His holy Name! He chose not to leave us here to die in our sickness, but, instead, to save our lives so that we might live with Him forever. We must take the medicine Christ offers, which is the forgiveness of our sin. God will then break open the rock and His blood will cover us in fine linen, white and clean.
The Pretender’s editors followed the “letter of the law” of grammar, so to speak, and Warrior is not capitalized in the final version of the story. I suppose we thought it looked out of place at the time. Whatever the case, it looks out of place to me this morning to not capitalize Warrior. And whatever the rules for grammar, I am thinking about changing it back in Book IV.
Take your medicine! Our pure and noble Warrior awaits your decision. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock! If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20 He loves you and He wants you with him always. Open the door and take your medicine.
© 2017, Ta`Mara Hanscom