Once upon a time there was a prince and a peasant who fell in love. They were so different. He was the stately prince. She was the common peasant. He was peerless but she was plain. She was not ugly, but she could be and often was. She was solemn, moody, sour, cranky and selfish – not the kind of soul you’d want to live with, but to the prince she was the kind of soul he could not live without. He proposed to her and she said yes. And he promised, “I’ll return for you soon.”
The oddity was not in his departure, but in her behavior while he was gone. She continually forgot that she was engaged. Some who were closest to her never heard her talk about it. There were even times when she was seen on the arm of other men. She forgot that she was engaged.
This is the story of the church, the Bride of Christ who often forgets She is engaged while She flirts with the world. How’re you doing?
Tags: church, fables, holiness
Remember the story of Snow White? The wicked Queen ordered the hunter to take her deep into the forest and cut her heart out. The hunter had a soft spot in his heart and killed a deer instead, cutting out its heart and taking it back to the queen, saying it was Snow White’s. Snow White was left to die alone in the forest.
But Snow White found her way to a little cabin where she was adopted by the Seven Dwarfs, who cared for her and treated her as one of the family. What a great illustration of God’s Providential care for believers. We were singled out by Satan for death, yet we have been rescued and adopted into the family of God Himself, who takes us under His shepherding wings and treats us as His own. The caregivers He uses to help us, however, are often as strange as those dysfunctional dwarfs.
“He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—” (Ephesians 1:5).
Tags: adoption, fables, providence