Saturday, May 7, 2011
"What do you mean, 'Move over!' I was here first."
Mr. Whiskers looks like a Maine Coon, but his actual pedigree is questionable. Nevertheless he has the confidence of royalty. In his seven-plus years, it has not occurred to him that he does not have every right to enjoy any corner of Beech Croft that appeals to him at any time.
Many years ago a sermon based on Tennyson's "The Lord of Burleigh" struck a deep chord. Rev. Reese told us about the village maiden and the artist falling in love and marrying, and how the groom took his bride home without revealing who he was. When they entered his ancestral home he explained, "All of this is mine and thine." The message was that the Lord Jesus, like the Lord of Burleigh, will bring His bride home and will share all that is His with those who love and serve Him.
Years later I read the complete poem and was crushed to learn the lady had died while still quite young, never able to feel worthy of the privileges she'd been granted through marriage. If she'd only had a barn cat to show her how to adjust...
It's a lesson most Christians will likely grapple with until we are with Christ. We have amazing promises - in writing - ours for the taking. The answer we need is before our eyes on the printed page. Thrilled with the assurance, we receive it and praise Him, but... if the evidence doesn't show up quickly, we slip into the mindset of that village maiden. It's there for others, but not for me. Only a special few get answers like that.
The Apostle Paul told the Philippians God would supply ALL their needs. That about covers it... except we cannot dictate how or when. Regardless, with Christ we have eternity without sorrow or pain, and the present with spring flowers blooming and tiny leaves appearing. If we take our cue from the resident Maine Coon, it's all ours. Just trust and enjoy.