A city dweller moved to a farm and bought a milking cow. He looked after the cow and was upset when the cow went dry in just a short time. One day he complained about the cow to his neighbour who was surprised because he knew the cow was a good one and should have produced lots of milk for a long time.
The city man said he was surprised too because he had really looked after the cow. If he only needed a litre of milk, he only took a litre. If he didn’t need milk, he was kind and didn’t bother her. He had been very considerate and treated her well.
The farmer had to explain that the only way to keep the milk flowing was to take as MUCH milk as possible from the cow – not to take as LITTLE as possible.
Isn’t that true in the Christian life?
Those who only turn to God in times of need are the ones who miss out on the real joy and abundance that flows from a continual infilling of His Spirit, the wonder of His abiding presence and the confidence that comes from His direction.
God has supplied all we need to live victorious Christian lives and we need to keep drawing from His endless supplies.
“sitting by a fire” made me laugh. I live in the sub tropics and my English nature rebels at the high humidity. A fire? NO WAY! I have 3 electric fans blasting at me from all directions for most of the year and even have a fan blowing on my face in the “winter” while others have woollies on.
Australia is a huge country and my grandchildren live a l-o-n-g distance. I see most of them a couple of times a year. I do collect Bible illustrative stories and have used them in childrens and youth ministry for many years. God has used them to teach many.
Having some idea about where you live, I guess I knew that was an impossibility. LOL! It was just the imagery in my head of a storyteller, sitting with a group of listeners at their feet by a warm fire. LOL! Most of all, I thought of the Scripture, Luke 24:32, that spoke of those who said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the Scriptures?”
I understand what you are saying about the fans going all the time. I live where there are extremely cold winters in the US, with lots of snow and ice at times, but because I have asthma, I have an air conditioner running in my room year-round! I know that is an oddity! LOL God bless!
You are a gifted storyteller! It enhances your ministry of expounding on the word of God! I imagine you sitting by a fire with your children or your grandchildren, and you holding them captive as they hung on every word! Great blog! God bless!