Becoming Real – Stuart Segall
It’s only been a few days since “Resurrection Weekend.” Jesus the Son of God, finished his human, earthly life and was cast out of the human life and put in the grave. Three days and nights later He rose and when He ascended to Heaven, He did, not as man, but Spirit, the ultimate change.
As I consider this, the child in me also hangs on to another story.
I am in a Velveteen Rabbit mood this wonderful late evening. This children’s story is one of wisdom and understanding on a higher level if you have “eyes to see”
Let’s look at one small piece of this wonderful and delightful wisdom, written by Margery Williams.
“The Skin Horse had lived longer in the nursery than any of the others. He was so old that his brown coat was bald in patches and showed the seams underneath, and most of the hairs in his tail had been pulled out to string bead necklaces. He was wise, for he had seen a long succession of mechanical toys arrive to boast and swagger, and by and by breaking their mainsprings and pass away, and he knew that they were only toys, and would never turn into anything else.
For nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it.”
“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”
“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
When the bunny’s time was done, he was tossed on the “burn pile” to be discarded. Instead, he was changed, he became real. He went through the process to “become.”
In Jesus’ physical life, He experienced a lot of pain both physically and mentally. When He rose, He was changed, pain free forever and became the ultimate example of “becoming real.”
Like the story, Jesus went through the process of this journey to be finished and “become.”
Now I am not totally real, that is for sure. You could determine that by hanging around me seeing my belly flops or just doing the hatpin test on me. I am a work in progress but when my time comes, I will rise and be real, but in the meantime, it is like the old Beatles song “getting so much better all the time.”
We will have more to give and serve others when we are surrendering to the process.
One of the most incredible events in human history of transformation and its impact is softy written in a wonderful children’s story.
The child inside this author just delights in a story that never grows old. It is truly one of my favorites to teach.
Wishing you wonderful growth in your journey of being REAL! May we constantly sing the praises and remember the One who went before us to show by example what it is truly all about.