Fable: noun 1) A brief story embodying a moral, often with animals as characters. 2) A myth or legend. 3) A falsehood; lie.
Good morning reader. Please allow me to introduce the morning fable. Each and every morning I will randomly choose a Bible verse, or group of verses. I’ll type what comes to mind when I read them, in the form of a fable. I will literally throw a dart, and read what it hits…see, I lied already, and you still understood what I said. Jesus taught in parables. Parables and fables are a way to see the same thing in different ways. They are to me the very art of communication. The really great thing is; I can say a lot, but you don’t have to read a lot.
This morning the dart landed on Jeremiah 29:13. Let me start by saying that I had the thought that some people might think I was not really randomly “Just grabbing the book, and opening it to wherever it opened”. I couldn’t figure out why I was worried about this, but it worried me enough that I put off doing it until this morning. This worry is two weeks old now, and all I can say is, “will the wonders of God ever cease to amaze?”. This will be the longest of the morning fables, as it is an introduction. All future reads will be more than likely very short fables.
As with all of God’s dealings with men (women, this includes you too 🙂 ), they will at some point become evident to you. They will be in your face evident, as was this first random verse. You see, this verse “just so happens to be” what God has called me to teach…”in a nutshell”. It can be summed up as this. The reality of Jesus is not something we have to wait for, nor is He someone we will meet later. ( see John 15:15, and Matthew, 7:23)
When I first read Jeremiah, 29:13, I realized something I already knew. This is personal, and I would just say the very first thing that came to mind was “degrees of passion and commitment”. If you look at the history the Bible shows us, then you will notice a very significant difference in God’s relationships with people. From Abraham, to Cain, to the modern day atheist, and you.
Some men such as Abraham, David, Solomon, Elijah, and a few others, are most often seen as “great men of God”. You may think, “These men prayed, and shook the ground”. They all shared a common trait. They were “friends of the Almighty”. What does it take to ‘qualify’ one as God’s friend? What kind of friends would He have?
The first morning fable:
Kings Glory; Kings Demise
It’s good to be king! Such majesty! Such glory unreachable! Oh how happy he must be. He wants for nothing. He has everything anyone could ever want, or need, at his disposal. “That’s what they all think”, thought the King. Little did they know how lonely he was. “Always bowing, and frightened, and distant…always appear for a short visit, only to get a glimpse of me. Only here for bragging rights to carry back to whence they came”, he thought. “Everyone’s afraid of me”. Just then the the scrub woman came in for her daily cleaning, and with a loud “whack” on the throne with her mop, she said,” Wake up! And get out of my way, so I can clean up your mess!” Coming to himself, the king looked at the old woman. She was standing there; grubby, dirty, and with the usual sheepish grin on her face. The king thought to himself, “If it wasn’t for you old woman, I would go insane. You’re about the only friend I have. No one else will even get close to me.” The king, as always, was very glad to see her. In fact, he made a point to add a little extra clutter each day, so she would have to stay longer. He wondered if the old woman would catch on.
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with a whole heart”
Today’s Moral; You will find Him when you stop wondering if you’ve looked hard enough, or if you’ve sacrificed enough, and put yourself in His place.