Thursday, November 1, 2012

Our Comforter

     Recently I heard Robert Morris telling about his bride buying a comforter for their bed. He looked forward to pulling that soft warm cover up around his neck, but when they went to bed that night the new comforter had disappeared and the thin, worn one they'd been using was back in place. His wife wanted the new one to be kept "for looks" when company came. She had no intention of them using it.

     We humans have been given intelligence, but sometimes lesser creatures display more sense. The other morning a grey squirrel was huddled on our window sill. His tail was curled up over his back and head protecting him from the cold rain. If that tail is an important symbol of his worth and identity, he did not tuck it under his body to keep it dry in the storm. He did not hesitate to use it to its full potential to provide shelter.

     That same day Mr. Whiskers found a cozy corner on top of the eiderdown for his afternoon nap. When he was ready to curl up, he burrowed into the softness of the comforter. Whether his paws were dirty or he had burrs stuck in his coat from his outdoor shift was of no concern. He did not ask permission. He welcomed and used what was available for his comfort.

     Robert Morris went on to teach that we have the Comforter, the Holy Spirit for our use, not for show. He delights in comforting those who receive Him. Psalm 91:4 says, "He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge." (NIV) Whatever storms come against us, we are welcome to snuggle into the shelter He offers freely to all. He "is no respecter of persons." (Acts 10:34 KJV)

1 comment:

  1. I think the Holy Spirit is the forgotten man of the Trinity in many churches. I grew up being taught about God the Father and God the Son, but not about the Comforter.

    Then I read Catherine Marshall's The Helper and finally understood his importance in my life. Now he guides me, teaches me, supports me and, yes, convicts me -- but always in a gentle, loving manner.

    Thanks for reminding us to "use" him on a daily basis, Mary.

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