“Wow! A record!” Lucinda thought as she glanced at her light-colored dress and jacket that were still clean after a ladies’ luncheon. She marveled she was spot-free around all that food without wearing the tablecloth or a full body cover. “White–and I stayed clean for more than fifteen seconds flat!
Contorting herself into strange positions to get inside her husband’s pick-up without getting smudges on her clothes, she muttered, “Ridiculous! I can hardly wait to get home to my jeans!”
But on the way, she spotted a boutique and remembered a friend’s vintage tea cup collection and upcoming birthday.
No tea cups. But instead, Lucinda’s gaze rested on a striking sturdy wood and upholstered chair that would grace the lobby of any southwestern resort–and/or the family room. What a find!
Two of the store staff loaded the heavy chair upright in the pick-up bed while Lucinda stayed spotless.
As Lucinda had just turned down the wide-open highway marveling she was still clean, she checked the rear-view mirror and gasped with the realization, “No chair!”
Lucinda steered the truck to the shoulders and looked back to see the regal throne upright in the middle of the northbound lane.
Without further thoughts of her white clothing, she sprinted for the chair to save it from being a hit-and-run fatality. As she pulled it to safety, another furniture-loving motorist helped her load the chair and tie it securely on its back into the pickup bed.
Now smudged and soiled, Lucinda had ruined the clothes. But the chair, slightly damaged, was worth it. Truly, it had wanted to follow her home.
Even more of a desire to follow us home is God’s desire for a relationship with us. Even from His walks in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, God reached out in love.
At the last supper with his disciples, Jesus prayed to God for them and his future followers with these words, “I have made you known to them and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” [John 17:26 NIV].
What a promise of both love and having Jesus in us!
God’s love spans all smudges, generations, ages, social and economic levels. He forgives and opens his arms and heart to everyone – even those who lose things out of the back of their pickups.
Even more than the chair who wanted a place in Lucinda’s home, He is the God who wants a home in your heart.
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]