“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
That 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 really a non-existent story I made up and inserted into the series about eleven years ago.
Have you ever had one of those “blow-me-away” moments? Something happened and you knew that God was speaking directly to you? The above story has done this to me.
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 every day, and maybe a page or two from one of the prophets. I didn’t start studying my Old Testament until about seven years ago. I wrote the story about Bridal Veil Falls, thinking it was a really “sweet story”, stuck it in the drafts, and pretty much forgot about it.
And then in Church, the praise team recited this Scripture:
…proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
3 to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified. Isaiah 61:2-3 esv
What’s happening here in this little snippet of Scripture from Isaiah, is a promise coming from God, through Isaiah, that the affliction and ailments of God’s people, Israel, will be healed. The nation of Israel had suffered terribly at the hands of their enemies, and were eventually carried off into exile by the Babylonians. But God promises that the ashes of her mourning will be removed, and that she will be given a new headdress.
“…but the bride had nothing to wear on her head…”
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 headdress we need in His sanctifying Presence through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.
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, a new headdress if you will, 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, remove our transgressions, and give us a new headdress of fine linen, white and clean.
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.
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