This is a sad story. It begins, as many stories do, with an abandoned, unwanted, sick, unlovely cat showing up at our doorstep, begging us to be his family. Unable to send such a wretch away, we adopted this cat and loved it full bore. We heaped food, water, medicine, warmth, comfort, all we could. In time, this sickly, skin-and-bones cat grew healthier. He gained weight, he grew less sick, and he was family. We loved him. I loved him. We named him “Go Eat, Baby”, because that’s what we said to him most often. So far, sounds like a happy ending. However, the neighbor neglected to keep her pit bull mix (that had been mistreated) in her home and it was loose. It came into our yard and attacked and killed our precious cat we had nursed back to health. It was horrible, heart-breaking and devastated us all. This was yesterday. After late nights for everyone over our grief, I sat down to the computer to look for distraction. And it hit me. That is what Jesus goes through every day with us. We are that cat. We crawled to Him as a last resort, all hope gone. He lovingly adopts us and nurses us back to health. When we are starting to do well and enjoy life, here comes Satan to attack and kill us if he can. We must not let him! We must not give him that power! We are safe in the arms of Jesus as long as we stay there. If we run back when danger draws near, we squash all the generosity and meaning that Jesus heaped on us and invested in us already. He nourishes us. We must rest in Him and continue our path to a healthy soul!!
God is portrayed most times as distant because many religions keep him up in the heavens all-powerfully looking down on us. Christianity pulls the God of the universe into our souls to have an intimate, personal relationship with Him. He is all powerful and all knowing, but He is also Daddy and Friend of Sinners. The work and person of Jesus God took Father God of heaven, Lord of Heaven’s Armies and made Him personal God and invested Holy Spirit God into our souls for our personal and kingdom development. What more amazing story and truth is there? None. Absolutely none.
I look up at the stars and see tiny diamonds on a big black velvet canvas. When really great things happen to me, I think of it as God dropping down diamonds from heaven to me because He loves me. I wish everyone thought of it that way. Maybe we would all be a little more thankful. I am thankful, and that is the only person I can make so. Everyone else makes their own choice to be blessed or burdened. Choose blessed!
Life is not about what you have or use or who you talk to or what you say. In fact, it really isn’t about you at all. Life is about the Giver of life. You would not be here if it were not His choice that you are. You would have nothing at all except that He chose to bless you. You would not be able to do anything without His permission. All the authority that He has and still He chooses that you be where you are, have what you have, and be able to do what you can. God gave you all that, because He is more concerned with loving and showing generosity to those He created rather than basking in His greatness. It seems to me that is our main job. This is why worship is such an integral part of our day… or should be.