st George's day
We British love stories of the underdog who overcomes all odds. Maybe that is why we like stories of knights in shining armour defeating dragons and setting free terrorised communities!
So said Sir Percy Blakeney, aka The Scarlet Pimpernel, in the stories by Baroness Orczy. The book, which was based on a play, was a huge success right across Europe including France, where much of the tale was set. Sir Percy was a complete fop, but unknown to all but a few, he was a daring rescuer of people destined for the guillotine.
The story is repeated in other guises such as Zorro and our own Robin Hood; characters that rise up under disguise to overcome repressive kings or regimes. St George was similar although he would have been easily found – look for that man in shiny armour carrying a huge lance!
Jesus encourages us to be persistent in seeking the presence of God. Today Jesus reveals himself through the Holy Spirit. He too is one that rescues people from death and gives them new life. However, this is not just a story but true. In Matthew ch7 v7-8 Jesus says, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened”.
Unlike the Scarlet Pimpernel, Zorro or even St George, who probably wanted a bit of attention, Jesus wants to be found by us. His treasures are revealed and given to the hungry heart, the persistent seeker, to the one who is asking. Today, our prayer is that you will discover him, his presence, his love, his forgiveness, his liberation and his joy. He is not far away – he is at hand!
We seek him here, we seek him there,
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven? - Is he in hell?
That demned, elusive Pimpernel?