Tiggers or Eeyores?

September 16, 2004
by Rod Marshall

Acts 5:29-32 – But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Saviour, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him." (ESV)

As I left the house one day, Caroline, my wife, said to me, "I prefer you as a Tigger rather than as an Eeyore." (A.A. Milne's Eeyore character was renowned for negativity and Tigger for zestful enthusiasm!) Maybe it was the lovely sunny weather, or just being aware of God's truth in my life, but what she said touched me.

For years, I have been preoccupied about tomorrow, what it may bring and what its consequences might be for my family and me. Recently, I have found that the influence I now have on those closest to me has waned somewhat, and, even as I have entrusted and given them into God's care, who they are is already decided.

Today, I understand that I have changed too. As I was, I am no longer, because along The Way I have found answers to prayer as well as insight and understanding into my daily walk with God — all that I need to know, that is. I still pray and ask questions! I have found that I am no longer able to hold every thought and every situation captive to my will. Worse still, I have found that I never needed to have done so in the first place! All that wasted energy! I have come to realize that, through any and every situation, God does love and care for me. He will continue to love and care for me, if I let Him, even through death itself!

The disciples made choices too. Compared to this world's treasures, they had nothing, except persecution and beatings. I believe that they were content because they knew they had treasures in heaven. They knew that God loved them and accepted them through Jesus. Because Jesus had come to live with them and in them via the Holy Spirit, they were able to let go of what they had been holding on to in the past. After being Eeyores, they had become Tiggers — irrepressible!

Prayer: Lord, we thank You that, unlike Tigger, we are not the only one. We are grateful that we are no longer on our own to fight the world. We rejoice that as we seek Your way and Your truth, You bring light into our darkness and life into our being. Amen.

About the author:

Rod Marshall <roderickmarshall@yahoo.com>
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

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