Unicorns are hard to find.

A visit to a Scottish jeweler.

On a quest to find an emblem of Scotland I went looking for a unicorn. I was told by a dealer of rare items, “Unicorns are hard to find.” I did not want one on a coat of arms, just the unicorn to hang on my shed next to the Irish Harp, the Welsh Red Dragon and the English Lion. Do the symbols of heraldry only represent the pride and superstitions of  man or do they tell a tale of long ago?

Curiously, pyramids and lions appear on ancient English architecture. Egypt is a long ways away. You remember……. that place where Ephraim and Manasseh were born.  Jacob blessed them as his own and prophesied over them. Explaining to Joseph why he refused to place his hand on Manasseh, Joseph’s first-born,  Jacob said, “I know, my son, I know; he also will become a people and he also will be great. However, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations,” (Genesis 48:19)   

The house of Israel was dispersed from the promised land a long time ago. Where did Ephraim go? What place gave birth to a multitude of nations? And what of his brother Manasseh? And why are the Irish fond of King David’s harp? Someday we will know  those who have lost their true identity, the tribes of the northern kingdom.

“I have surely heard Ephraim grieving, ‘You have chastised me, and I was chastised, like an untrained calf; Bring me back that I may be restored, For You are the LORD my God. For after I turned back, I repented; And after I was instructed, I smote on my thigh; I was ashamed and also humiliated Because I bore the reproach of my youth.’

‘Is Ephraim My dear son? Is he a delightful child? Indeed, as often as I have spoken against him, I certainly still remember him; Therefore My heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him,’ declares the LORD.'” (Jeremiah 31:18-20)  

Are the symbols carried from ancient times clues to the whereabouts of God’s chosen people? I know they are not lost to God.  Oh, about the unicorn. Knowing man, the unicorn probably became extinct. At least they are very hard to find.