Tuesday, February 16, 2010

You can lead a horse to water...

New Forest Resident, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, England, 1987.
Pentax P50, Kodak Gold GB 200 ASA, Vivitar 28-70mm, (Click to enlarge)

Martin Luther once proclaimed:
"We are all mere beggars telling other beggars where to find bread."
That's certainly the way I feel, like a beggar - who am I to tell people about Jesus?! Looking at the readings for Ash Wednesday (especially the one from 2 Corinthians 5), I am staggered anew at why God uses us as "ambassadors" for Christ. I think we'd probably agree that most of the time we do not represent our country very well and the mantle of a beggar seems more appropriate.

And yet, we have found the bread, and somewhere at some time someone directed us to the place where we could find it, another beggar. And so now we are beggars trying to tell and convince other beggards where they may find this Bread.

All too often though, they are not interested. You can lead a horse to water... and just pray that he or she takes a drink. (Sorry to be mixing up the bread/water metaphor, but perhaps I'm in good company ;-)
Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35)

2 comments:

Lou said...

Our recent blogs seem to have the same theme as I go through a phase of wondering 'who am I' to be teaching anybody about yoga! Spent a lovely evening with Ian and Gail on Saturday which reminded me of the importance of spending time with family. Hoping our paths will cross soon. x

Daniel Owen said...

Thanks Lou, yes they said they had a good time. It would be good to have a family get together - where does the time go?!