mysophobia + no wellies = a good testimony

my·so·pho·bi·a: a dread of dirt or filth.

I ran across this story out of the UK. Of course it did not take me long to drag it through the spiritual mud (pun intended) to find a spiritual analogy. 

The story is about a pig that does not like to run amuck in the mud. So the farmers (Andrew & Debbie Keeble) have equipped her (Cinderella is the piglets name) with a set of “Wellies” (galoshes). Now she is in ‘hog heaven’.

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Cinderella, the Piglet Who’s Afraid of Dirt, Gets Fitted with a Pair of “Wellies” to Overcome Her Fear. Source: Breaking Christian News

 

Now for the spiritual analogy…. there is a story in the gospel of Luke about a man that had two sons. One day the younger son came to his father and requested his portion of the father’s inheritance that he might waste it with riotous living, hence this ascription, ‘the prodigal son’. Luke 15:11-32

Once the prodigal had expended all of his money, we find him broke and hungry and there was no man that would help him. He had reduced himself to the feeding of swine. In fact the story tells us that he was so hungry that he desired to eat the very slop that the hogs did eat.

The story goes on to say….. “And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee.”

So he returns home, broken, bruised and humble. He finds a father awaiting with forgiving and loving arms that are opened and ready to receive him back. Now the picture we see here is of the ‘believer’ who has rebelled against the Heavenly Father, only to find that the foolish, sinful thrills are but for a season and provide nothing more than vanity and emptiness.

There are two lessons that we can glean from the story.

The first is that the prodigal son was in this muck and mire of his own doings. His selfish desires and longing to satisfy his flesh led him to the pig pen and away from the comfort of the father’s home.

The second is that the ‘son’ did not belong in the muck and mire of the pig sty, stinking, miserable and hungry but was entitled to a life of provision and fullness in his father’s house.

It is true with the child of God, when he/she runs headstrong to the ways of the world. We are in an element in which we do not belong, wasting and pillaging our testimony for the Lord in the miry sin of the world.

Now I would not consider it an uncommon event for the child of God to find himself as this prodigal son ripping and running through the miry pit of sin. To stay there indefinitely is quite a different story. Once the ‘spiritual Wellies’ are removed, they will come home.

If you are there my friend, isn’t it time you come to your senses and come on home?

malachi

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