Louisiana Bones ~ Walking with God
By Heather Cooper
Louisiana Bones, adventurer and archaeologist, is searching for a lost
treasure, when her arch enemy turns up. Their journey through the caves
illustrates aspects of walking by faith.
Louisiana Bones - adventurer / archaeologist
Dr. Henry Bones - her father
Katie Murray - Louisiana’s student and sidekick
Tamara Von Hoffman – Louisiana’s arch enemy
The set is a cave labyrinth of tunnels. We used our church’s raised
platform and steps at the front of the sanctuary and draped pieces of furniture
in dark cloth to create the illusion of passages. We used Christmas
lights along one of the steps to turn on as each step of faith was taken.
We downloaded fire sound effects and used coloured lights just offstage
to create the illusion of fire. For the treasure at the end, we illuminated
a large wooden cross at one side of the stage.
Louisiana: This is it. We’ve found the entrance to the passage, thanks
to you Dad.
Dr. Bones: I’ve waited my whole life to finally get here. The
treasure that lies at the end is beyond imagining!
Katie: What exactly is this treasure we’re seeking, Louisiana?
Louisiana: When we accepted Jesus as our Saviour, we inherited eternal
life. But that was just the beginning. God is calling us onward
and upward. The prize is His pleasure and everlasting glory as we
become all that He wants us to be.
Dr. Bones: Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s go!!
(They enter cave. The stage is darkened and they use flashlights.
The spots are filtered with blue.)
Katie: This looks like a maze. How will we know which way
(Enter Tamara Von Hoffman, very coolly.)
Tamara: Yes, Dr. Bones and Louisiana, we meet again. I, too,
am interested in this prize. I have heard that untold wealth and
power lie at the end of this labyrinth for the one who is successful in
navigating it! My country would be very interested in attaining this
Louisiana: Tamara Von Hoffman! I might have known. But
I don’t think this treasure is what you’re expecting.
Dr. Bones: And the way is fraught with danger!
Tamara: Why do you think I haven’t had you all killed? My armed
guard is waiting at the entrance. Once you have led me to the prize,
they will take you away. You take the risks, I take the reward!
Katie: Why, you … I ought to …
Louisiana: Katie, Katie! Calm yourself! Suit yourself,
Tamara. I hope you’ll find what you’re looking for. Dad, what
has your research told you about finding the way through these tunnels?
Dr. Bones: You see these ancient runes on the wall here? (shines flashlight
on letters) They’re written in a little known dialect of the Arcenian herdsmen.
But I believe I can translate … hmmm… yes, this is a scripture reference
(slowly)… Proverbs 3: 5&6.
Louisiana: Katie, get my Bible out of my pack. (Opens and leafs through.)
Yes, here it is: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean
not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him
and He shall direct your paths.”
Dr. Bones: We’d better keep that Bible handy and prayer would be appropriate!
Tamara: Get on with it!! (pushes Dr. Bones)
Louisiana: Patience, Tamara. Follow me – this way. (Leads
on with a flashlight. They walk on, coming to a fork in the path.)
Katie: Now which way – the right tunnel or the left?
Tamara: Obviously, the left one. Look, it has a wide entrance,
it’s smooth, easy-going, slightly downhill. The right tunnel has
such a narrow opening, we’d have to squeeze through. It’s rocky and
steeply inclined! The left tunnel has been well used! It’s the one.
Louisiana: We need to walk with God here and not rely on our own instincts.
Look – more runes, Dad.
Dr. Bones: Another scripture, Louisiana! “Walk with God: Matthew
7: 13 & 14.”
Katie: (looking it up) I’ve got it: “Enter by the narrow
gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction,
and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and
difficult is the way which leads to life and there are few who find it.”
Louisiana: Well, it’s obvious then – to the right. Let’s go!
Tamara: You’re crazy! No one has used that tunnel. The
left is the right way. Come on!
Louisiana: You go ahead – but go carefully! We’re taking the
right. Call if you need us.
Tamara: Fine. (Heads off to the left. Screams. Louisiana turns
back and goes to the left. Comes back supporting a shaken Tamara.)
Tamara: (panting)Just around a sharp corner – a pit – filled with snakes!
I fell – no warning! I tried to climb out but the sides were too
Louisiana: Good thing we hadn’t left yet.
Tamara: Yes. Why would you rescue me?
Louisiana: Love your enemy!
Tamara: Well, don’t think it’s going to save you! I still mean
to claim that prize. Move!
(They head through narrow opening and mime climbing for awhile.
Dr. Bones leads.)
Dr. Bones: Whoa! Look ahead!
Katie: A chasm! We’re blocked.
Louisiana: What’s at the bottom - molten rocks? Just feel
Katie: Now what? If the other side was level with us we
might be able to jump, but it’s a lot higher. I don’t think we can
Dr. Bones: There must be more runes here someplace (searches) – oh,
here they are: “Serve with Love – John 15:13”
Louisiana: (reads from the Bible) “Greater love has no one than
this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” Hmmm, what does
that mean? … Lay down? … okay, now I see.
Dr. Bones: Yes, Louisiana, I know what you’re thinking. It will
have to be me. I’m the tallest.
Louisiana: Dad, I can’t let you do that. It’s too dangerous!
Dr. Bones: It has to be me. It will be alright. (Falls
forward and just reaches the edge.)
Dr. Bones: It’s so hot! Hey, just a minute – there’s something
here. Pull me back! (Others pull him upright again and he unrolls
a rope ladder and anchors it on their side.)
Tamara: A ladder! What a relief! I don’t think I could
have trusted you to support me! Up the ladder, everyone! (All
climb over the abyss.)
Katie: I need to take a rest.
Tamara: Oh, no you don’t. Keep moving. We’ve wasted enough
time as it is! (pushes Katie)
Dr. Bones: This isn’t a race, Miss Von Hoffman. Slow and steady
(They proceed for a while.)
Louisiana: Stop! Look on the ground – it’s wet. (Touches
it, tastes it) It’s not water, it’s oil!
Katie: (shining her flashlight to the left) What is that device
Dr. Bones: It looks like a windlass for raising or lowering something
Louisiana: Hmmm! Well, let’s keep moving. (steps ahead)
Oh, oh! The floor just moved.
Katie: Look there – off in that side passage – light! And
what’s that roaring noise?
Tamara: It’s fire, you fools! Run!
Dr. Bones: We have to block it or it will overtake us!
Louisiana: Quick, read these runes.
Dr. Bones: “Work with Courage – 1 Chronicles 28:20”
Katie: (flipping through Bible) Where is it? Where is it?
Here: “Be strong and of good courage and do it; do not fear or
be dismayed for the Lord God – my God- will be with you.” Do
Louisiana: Maybe turn the windlass. (Tries) A wall is closing the entrance.
The rest of you go ahead. I’ll close it!
Tamara: It’s coming too fast. You’ll never do it in time. (Runs
Louisiana: (to others) God is with me! Go! (Keeps turning, dodging
fireballs. Others run ahead slightly. Roar gets louder, then
stops. Slam is heard.) Whew!
Dr. Bones: We must be getting close now – just up ahead, I think.
Louisiana: (leading) I’ll see. (Runs then stops abruptly – teetering.)
Katie: Oh, my goodness! It’s at least 50 feet to the other
Tamara: And it looks bottomless! Now what? I told you it
was the wrong way.
Louisiana: (points to letters) What do they say, Dad?
Dr. Bones: “Increase in Faith – Hebrews 11: 1&6” (looks it up)
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things
not seen. But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for
he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder
of those who diligently seek Him.”
Katie: And we’re hoping for a way across!
Louisiana: We need to take a step of faith.
Tamara: You’re crazy. That’s suicidal. Let’s go back and
see where we made a wrong turn.
Dr. Bones: No, look! There is the end, the prize, just across
the chasm. (Curtains open on baptismal scene.)
Louisiana: I’ll try. (Slowly steps out, as into thin air – but
her foot lands on something solid. She looks down in wonder and walks
quickly across, then shines the flashlight back across.)
Louisiana: Come on, it was there all along. I don’t know why I couldn’t
see it! (All, except Tamara, repeat her experience – step, then see,
Tamara: (slowly) A step of faith – first you step – then you see! (Takes
a tentative step, then another.) I see it!! (Walks
across) (All get down on knees at window, lastly Tamara.)
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