I AM A POSTMAN – YOUR HEART IS A POSTBOX
At the ripe old age of 63 I am experiencing the adventures of a postman’s career as if I am recreating Treasure Island, map and all. “You are here!” is the circle drawn around my house on the black and white copy of my area map. The other circle is that of my friend’s house. Where we differ from treasure Island is we already have the treasure and the burial spots are everywhere our feet can carry us; in my case, my knees. We start off at ‘Jerusalem’; that is where we live, me and my friend. Then the yellow bright highlighter spreads along the roads on the map in hot pursue of our ‘beautiful’ wrinkled feet.
Candid camera material; me and my friend. I am not fat but next to Eliza anyone is fat. I am not unfit, but next to Eliza anyone is unfit. I am not slow…. Ok, I am slow but next to Eliza anyone is slow. Eliza shoots forward down the road like a conveyer belt delivering its merchandise precisely on key. Me, I am the juggling clown at the back. With a bit of a sprint from my side and a bit of a cross over delivery on her side and the two of us are side by side, playing post man Pat on our perspective sides of the road.
Eliza is in the street to bring the reading to the people. I am in the street to read the people as I ‘open’ their houses like rows of books in a library with titles as varied as fingerprints. Decorated with their own dogs, gardens, alterations and of cause their very personal post boxes. By the time I get home I pocket the same thrills and excitement as I would have from a holiday to Las Vegas or a trip to Disneyland or a dream Island. Whichever you choose.
POST BOX HEARTS
Go look at your post box and see your heart.
Mine? A bit dilapidated. A fair share of glue and repair visible. Mmm could do with some TLC. The saw fixed the dilemma of branches bullying the postman in to physical exercise getting the in-mail in the ‘in-box’. Keep an eye on the overgrowth. One house put unfriendly mesh wire directly in front of the opening, making the mail delivery a challenge or a failure. I guess we have to guard our hearts, but hey, don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.
Some people don’t have a post box. Anyone can read the invisible sign: Stay out! There is always a way in; over the wall. Reminds me of the sower who planted the seed. The mail drops wherever it drops and no one knows it the thorns got it or the fertile ground. But I do know it was dropped.
If ladders were not so heavy, postman could do well to invest in one. Those sky scraping post boxes that first make you practice your monkey glide as you go down the dip and then laugh at you when it tells you, you fall short of its high standard. Who needs a gym; after these stretch exercises you get the bend down low postboxes that reminds you of the instruction to be humble and puts you on your way with a skip and a hop.
Then there is the ‘total wipeout’ post box. The trick is to get your mail -held -hand to the right spot at the right time without having the jumping dogs post your hand in to a snapping mouth from the right and left. Postmen should not only get danger pay but dog entertainment pay as well. Touch a post box and your verdict is sealed and delivered by the canine species as guilty as ‘charged’. Advertisement for postmen: Only former tall, inventive, athletes will be considered for post.
“The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” (Matt13:1-23). Now this point is only reached when the 2 hundred and something pamphlets of the day have been spent in the postboxes, and the way home is long and empty handed. Only then do we call on Robbie, the wheels of our 911 number. He finds us panting somewhere on the corner of anywhere and nowhere and safely delivers us home. Mission accomplished until further notice from my knees, Eliza’s back and Bluff Printers.
Just what is this ‘thing’ we deliver so fervently? …
Here it is! (Read this side of the letter and when you read the other side of the letter; decide Matthew 26:36-46)
It does not matter what your post box looks like; what matters is what you do with that which is put inside it!
The one side of the letter:
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS (Taken from JOY Magazine www.joymag.co.za Biblically based answers by Val Waldeck.)
QUESTION: Do Christians believe every word of the Bible? Or do they believe that it is full of error? ANSWER: Yes, they do believe every word! So did Jesus. He declared in John 17:17 “Your Word is Truth.” He did not say it contained Truth together with error – it is Truth and, therefore, wholly to be believed and trusted. He told some folk who were arguing about the resurrection, that they were completely off track “not knowing the Scriptures” Matthew 22: 29. 2 Timothy 3:16 declares that “all Scripture” is inspired by God Himself and Holy men of old spoke (and wrote) as “they were moved by the Holy Spirit” 2 Peter 1:21. The Holy Spirit, who inspired the Word, must be depended upon to interpret that Word because the Bible does contain some things that are difficult to understand (2 Peter 1:20). Unstable people love to force Scripture to fit their personal opinions (2 Peter 3:16). The secret to true fulfillment lies in the Word (Psalm 1:1-3).
QUESTION: How do we know that there is a God? ANSWER: One way is to look at creation. The book of Romans in the New Testament tells us that God has put His knowledge in our hearts. “Since earliest times men have seen the earth and sky and all God made, and have known of His existence and great eternal power. So they will have no excuse (when they stand before God at Judgment Day)” Romans 1:19,20. The watch on your arm didn’t ‘just happen’. Someone carefully designed it and put it together. And it is the same with the world. Everything you see around you shouts loudly that the Great Designer and Creator made it all perfectly. Another way to be sure is to ask Him! God is personal, and He can communicate with you. The testimony of thousands of His children (from Bible times right up to today) is that He definitely talks to them. Why not start by reading His written revelation of Himself – the Bible? Start with the New Testament and humbly ask the Lord Jesus Christ to meet with you. That will be the most exciting thing you have ever done!
QUESTION: Surely we all believe in the same God but call Him different names? ANSWER: Jesus said: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6. Either He was deluded, or a deceiver, or He meant what He said – there is only one God and one way to the Father. If there were another way to Heaven, the death and resurrection of Christ would be superfluous and unnecessary. Our God is not schizophrenic – using different names to propagate different belief systems. His Word is: “For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and people… Christ Jesus. He gave His life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message that God gave to the world at the proper time.” 1 Timothy 2:6. In Noah’s day, the Ark was the only means of salvation. Christ is God’s Ark for “whosoever” will believe, regardless of their faith or creed.
The other side of the letter delivered in your post box:
STEPS TO PEACE WITH GOD
1. GOD’S PLAN – PEACE AND LIFE
God loves you and wants you to experience His peace and life.
The BIBLE says: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
2. HUMANITY’S PROBLEM – SEPARATION
Being at peace with God is not automatic because you, by nature
are separated from God.
The BIBLE says: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of
God.” Romans 3:23
3. GOD’S REMEDY – THE CROSS
God’s love bridges the gap of separation between God and you.
When Jesus Christ died on the Cross and rose from the grave,
He paid the penalty for your sins.
The BIBLE says: “He personally carried the load of our sins in His
own body when He died on the Cross.” 1 Peter 2:24.
4. HUMANITY’S RESPONSE – RECEIVE CHRIST
You cross the bridge into God’s family when you receive Christ
by personal invitation.
The BIBLE says: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave
the right to become children of God, even to those who believed
in His name.” John 1:12.
TO RECEIVE CHRIST YOU NEED TO DO 4 THINGS
1. ADMIT your spiritual need. “I am a sinner.”
2. REPENT and be willing to turn from your sin.
3. BELIEVE that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross.
4. RECEIVE, through prayer, Jesus Christ into your heart and life.
The Bible says (Christ is speaking): Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in.” Revelation 3:20. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13
WHAT TO PRAY: Dear lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I believe that you died for my sins. Right now I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life. I receive you as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for saving me. Amen
(Taken from: The Billy Graham Christian Worker’s Handbook.)