I was invited by Margaret over at Fraise to participate in a wonderfully fun group of bloggers who are writing in the fun theme of The Wind in the Willows. And, try as I might to come up with something fun and quirky and appropriate, I only had one lone idea that my mind kept swirling back to, and I don't know if it is any good at all but here it is, nonetheless, and I hope not to disappoint or spoil things....
One of the earliest scenes in this lovely little gem of a book depicts Mole meeting Ratty in all his boat-and-river-loving glory. Mole, who has not much experience with the river, and who has never been in a boat, asks Rat, more or less, if it isn't so very wonderful to be in a boat? To which, of course, Ratty goes on and on, dreamily, with contagious happiness, talking on and on about his great love- THE river.
And of course, as he explains its loveliness to Mole, it seems he falls all the more enamoured with it, all over again! To see Mole love it too? Well, joy unspeakable! Glory!
I could not help but think about how this is so neatly mirrors Christianity, in its simplest, sweetest sense. Call me Ratty here, but oh! To talk about my one true love- Jesus!! What?! You've never met Him??? Why, is there anything else to talk about?? Anyone else that compares to the joy found in just BEING with Him? I should think not.
Why, it doesn't matter where He leads you, really. Whether it is here or there, whether you think you are going one place and He leads somewhere entirely different. Up or down, in or out, it makes no difference. It is just being with Him. Him alone. That is the chief thing.
All day, every season, rain or shine. Jesus. Ah, the greatest friend, sweetest companion, most excellent adventure!
May all your wanderings sweet friends, lead you to the Living Water, the River of Life, Jesus!! And, if I may, I extend an invitation to share my picnic basket, and enjoy him together!