Thou dravest love from thee, who dravest Me.
The God who pursues us with His goodness and love, may help us to see that our gloom, our darkness, can be seen as the shade of His hand, outstretched caressingly. The Good Shepherd goes out after the lost sheep until He finds it. He does not leave the sheep to be lost and alone on the hillside, but goes after it.
There is rejoicing in heaven when He finds it and restores it to its proper home. God pursues us even in the midst of the worst that this life can do to us.
Paul reassures us, "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. William Langland , author of Piers Plowman wrote, "But all the wickedness in the world which men might do and think is no more to the mercy of God than a live coal dropped in the sea. We have to reassure ourselves that whatever happens, God's goodness and love will follow us all the days of our lives. Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe , contains a beautiful illustration of this truth.
Published in , it sold more than , copies within a year. It was tremendously influential in the antislavery movement.
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The story chronicles the inhumane treatment of Uncle Tom by the vicious slave-dealer Simon Legree. He is flogged almost to death and left to die. His former master's son George Shelby comes to rescue him. Uncle Tom moved his head gently, smiled, and said,. The Lord's bought me, and is going to take me home, - and I long to go. Heaven is better than Kentuck. A sudden sinking fell upon him; he closed his eyes; and that mysterious and sublime change passed over his face, that told the approach of other worlds. He began to draw his breath with long, deep inspirations; and his broad chest rose and fell, heavily.
The expression of his face was that of a conqueror. It seemed to him that the place was holy; and as he closed the lifeless eyes, and rose up from the dead, only one thought possessed him, - that expressed by his simple old friend, 'What a thing it is to be a Christian!
How can we be assured that nothing shall separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord? The Good Shepherd pursues his sheep, even when they are lost. He brings them home to the fold. God is good, and his loving purpose will triumph in and through us as we trust in Christ. Surely goodness and love will follow us all the days of our lives.
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