May 16 2011

grey goose

Although I speak of that which has never occurred, the potentiality of its reality haunts me in the deepest of depths.  I speak of that which Lewis and Vanauken spoke of, a “once-given grace.”  To lose the “grey goose” of one’s life is inconceivable.  It is a wonderful thought to think that the goose will continue to fly solo for the rest of its life after its mate has passed onto greener pastures, but that reality touches an area of life that one could only venture to with the Lord.  Only the hand of God could guide one through such unpalatable misfortunes.  Although I suppose it is only “misfortunes” for some, others might be able to descry the deeper reality of Christ’s eternal life and the trustworthiness that the mate of the goose has truly just gone onto the “mansions” of their Creator.  To wait… perhaps.  Perhaps to experience their genuine retirement.  Either way, I suppose their life is all the better lived.  I once read that as we mourn the physical loss of our loved ones, “the angels hang the blue and pink ribbons welcoming the birth of the newborn.”  Could that be?  It could.  Could it be that at the exact moment the tears drop from our eyelids, the angels drop tears of joy at the birth of the reborn?  I suppose that our mourning would then truly “be turned into dancing.”  And yes! it was The King who said such awe-inspiring assurances.  If you guessed it, you were right.  It was The King who said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  So why is it that we spend so much time worrying as the goose or its mate?  Why is it that we do not follow the advice of the One who created it all?  Is it fear?  Must I remind you, and I, of the faithful words He has spoken through His faithful children, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”  Whether it was through Isaiah, or His saul turned Paul, His assurance and reassurance will ring eternally…and from His own mouth the loudest, “lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age”…and again, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
(quoted: The Bible, Sheldon Vanauken, C.S. Lewis, Max Lucado)