Saturday, November 22, 2008

Golden Slippers

My great-grandmother (Letitia Virginia) was born in Virginny--as she called it--and had a Southern "twang" as strong as any. There was a song she used to sing about "Golden Slippers" and one of the lines went like this, near as I recollect: "O' them golden slippers I's gwyne ta' wear ta' walk th'm golden streets."
Heaven: She was singing about heaven; putting on golden slippers and walking the streets of gold. I expect she will be walking those streets, and soon at that.
So here we are in Victorville, California where it is warm and sunny; too warm actually. Driving down here we drove by Lake Shasta and I was shocked because never, in more than fifty years of driving that route have I EVER seen the lake so low. Not only is the lake low but the Shasta River is finding it harder to deliver water downstream to Redding, Red Bluff, Stockton, Sacramento, etc.
California is drying up, burning up, and broke.
But "...This is just a cycle..." some say, just like all the other cycles the world has gone through since Creation. Perhaps they're right..and..perhaps they're wrong. The Bible says, "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the coming of the Son of Man. They were eating, drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage until the flood came and took them all away." [Matthew 24:38, 39].
There is a flood of sorts, not only in California, but in the world; it is a flood of sin that eventuates in the degradation of humanity. One could say that mankind is not "evolving" but rather "devolving."
As a nation we flaunt our wickedness in the face of God and I sometimes wonder just how much of this God will tolerate. Thankfully, "God is long suffering, not willing that any will perish."II Peter 3:9]. The Sodomites were given opportunity to repent and they would not so the cities of the plain were destroyed by fire.
Sooner or later God will declare, as He did from the cross, "It is finished!" and the cities of the world will suffer the fate of Sodom.
Are there scoffers? Of course. Are there those who refuse to believe? Certainly! Are they setting themselves up for a sad surprise? Yes.
God says "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" [Isaiah 6:8], and Isaiah answers, "Here am I! Send me." So the question for us is the same: "Who will go for the Lord?" Who will speak for their family, their friends, their neighbors?
Are there any willing to say, "Here am I! Send me."
God Bless. e.c.

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