Little Blake Rogers was a friend of a little girl named Maura in his kindergarten class. One day Maura started humming during class. Her teacher appreciated the music, but told her to quit humming because she was disturbing the other students. But little Maura couldn’t stop. The song was just stuck in her head.
Does that ever happen to you? A couple of weeks ago I was possessed by the demon of Mick Jagger and had that song “Jumping Jack Flash, it’s a Gas..Gas..Gas...” stuck in my brain. I don’t even like the Rollling Stones that much, but it took about a week to get rid of that haunting tune. I hope I haven’t revived it just by mentioning it in this devotional.
Anyway, little Maura couldn’t stop humming. After several warnings her teacher took decisive action. She moved Maura’s clothespin out of the green (good) section on the bulletin board down to the dreaded blue end, where it hung all by itself.
Little Maura began to cry, so Blake tried to help. He patted her on the back. He made funny faces. He offered comforting words, but nothing worked.
Finally, he decided to make the ultimate sacrifice. Making sure his teacher was watching, Blake started to hum. The teacher told him to stop but he didn’t. Eventually she had no choice but to move his clothespin out of the green and into the blue. Blake looked at Maura and smiled. She stopped crying. She was no longer alone. She had a friend.
Isn’t that a picture of what Christ did for us? Our clothespins hung on the wrong end of the rope. We were separated from God. But Jesus loved us too much to leave us there all alone.
Not only did he take our loneliness, He took our place. He took our sin. He made it possible for us to pass from blue back to green again. As it says in I Peter 3:18 “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.”
And because of what Christ did, we never have to be lonely again. Wherever we may find ourselves, no matter how desolate the place, Christ is with us.
Remember what Jesus told his disciples as he prepared to leave them and ascend back to heaven. “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). We are never alone.
Have a great week!
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Tuesday Morning on the Run
Inspirational thoughts from Pastor Barry Lawson