“Woe unto the world because of offences! For it must needs be that offences come; but woe unto that Man/Woman by whom the offence cometh!” Matthew 18:7
… So, where were we? I had a splendid weekend, hope you did too. Through some strange turn of events, God Almighty reminded me that I was still His princess and as such I was treated! You best believe I quickly dusted of the ‘cinders’ from my rags, just as the Holy Spirit arrived with new clothes and a horse-driven carriage. Off to the King’s ball we went, and you know how the rest of the story goes (at least I hope you do).
Anyway that is not what I planned to write about now; as the title goes. Well the other day, I was scurrying across the perpetually crowded park/plaza, when I slightly bumped into an elderly man. I had been carrying some liquid which might have slightly spilled on him, so I waited to find out if he was okay. I take full responsibility; I was walking straight when someone called my name on the right. Instead of stopping before I scanned the crowd, I tried (forgive my ironic expression) to ‘kill two birds with one stone; by scanning and walking at the same time’.
So here I was with the elderly man, and I felt the Lord tell me to sit and chat with him for a little bit. I acquiesced, made a production of staring at the time on the watch and then without any further-ado, I plopped my self in the seat beside the old guy. He now extracted from his little cart and unfolded a plastic bag full of grains and began to throw them at a group of now clustering: robins and pigeons. They (the birds) pecked, chirped, fluttered and flapped their wings in delight. It was so cool to watch them as it were, chat with the elderly man, so I joined the ‘feeding program’. He plunged straight into the topic of religion without any coaxing or bait. He was a Romanian Bible Scholar, had read ‘The Book’ from cover to cover about two hundred times.
Every time he started a story about Jesus or a Bible verse, I would complete it for him as he shook his head and marveled at the possibility of that. He said I did not look like I would embrace the word of God, how much more know it. I told him that was one strike against him for not judging a ‘righteous judgement’. He thought that was funny. Then came the moment of truth; I asked him if he was a Christian and for how long. He told me that no one was a Christian in these day and age. As I peered at him curiously and suspiciously, he went on to explain that the word ‘Christian’ meant: ‘Follower of Christ’ and no one was really trying to be Christ-like anymore or following Christs example and His suffering. There was no love he said in the body of Christ; the very thing Jesus said the world will know us by. My ‘Amen’ to that was so loud that the birds lost quite some feathers in petrification and by trying to fly away. People were leading by knowledge and not example and cunningly side-stepping their required cross (so to speak) he continued. Not many people were willing to pay the price and go all the way with Jesus he said.
As I slumped back in my chair in utter exasperation (for previously, I was falling off the edge of the seat as I listened), he turned to me with a smile and said “I have a word for you”; ‘Oh not again’, was my reply…’I thought you just gave me a word’. He shook his head and continued, he said remember Job; his trials came because God was so sure of this man standing when it was all said and done, that God Himself boasted about him and permitted Satan to harass and persecute him. In the end he said; God restored Job to a better place than he was in the beginning. Since it all originated from God, it was always a win, win situation, even though the devil and Job did not know it.
I almost dumped the whole bag of grain on an unsuspecting and dainty robin as I ruminated on what I had just heard; this guy might be either on to something, or he was snorting something. God was boasting? I could have been dead: “But you are not; came the small still voice, My Grace is sufficient.” Anyway, it was time for me to go, so I bid the elderly man God speed, just in time to turn and walk right into what might have been a sign standing right behind the chair I had sat on previously (Clumsy, I am not). As I picked up the sign, to place it back where it fell from, I saw that it read: DO NOT FEED THE BIRDS! And the whole time Security walked right by us (as the old man spread the grains far and wide) and never said a word. As I walked away heavy with perplexity; I thought did I just break a law and how come the Security never intervened. More so why did I not see the sign when I pulled out the chair and sat down. Even more disturbing: where in the world did the birds fly to? Help me Lord…
“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God.” Luke 12:6