To some, it’s a comfort that God our Lord is living among us. We find peace and serenity. To others, it’s a thought that brings feelings of dread and fear. Why? Well, I’ll try to explain it with a story you can relate to.
We had a little dog – she was a mixed breed, but a tiny little thing. She was a puppy when I was a baby. I loved on her like crazy, but once in a while I loved on her a little too much – hugged her a little too tight. She never snapped, never growled or showed any indication of meanness toward me or anyone in my family. We all knew and respected each other – we were family.
Our friends, the Ingram’s, came over to visit one brisk winter evening. Just before people came over, my mom would take the cover off of Lady’s chair (yes, Lady had her own chair). When Ellis tried to sit in Lady’s chair, she started growling and snarling at him. Of course, my parents scolded her and apologized to Ellis and told him to go ahead and sit there. Lady was put in the back bedroom for the rest of the evening.
From that moment on, Ellis and Lady had less than an amicable relationship. I guess you could say they basically tolerated each other for the sake of those around them. I don’t think they ever really made up.
It’s a bit like that if you don’t know the Lord, I think. He’s not yours, but it’s okay if He lives with others – but you sure don’t want Him. Maybe you’re afraid He’s going to bite you or snap at you (the proverbial lightning strike). I wish you’d make up with Him. You can by believing that His Son, Christ Jesus died on the cross for your sins. He is mighty to save and strong to deliver you. Only then you can read this portion of Scripture with a smile on your face and real confidence in your soul. He will calm your fears and wipe away all your tears. I hope you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and friend today, because today – it’s you.
Of course, today is St. Patrick’s Day! I wish you a happy and safe one. Two reminders for the day – don’t drink green beer and drive… and don’t text and drive. Stay safe. Everyone knows that Christians don’t believe in luck, but we do believe in getting into the spirit of a holiday. Lucinda wrote a cute poem about luck. The Luck of Us All.
Enjoy the day responsibly. 🙂