Duck and Rabbit
Originally scheduled for February 23
Most of us should recognize the name Chuck
Jones. For those of you
who don’t, it is sufficient to tell you that he was the creator of
several cartoon characters for Warner Brothers.
His version of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are the ones that
stick in most people’s memory.
Bugs, in his cartoons, was always in control, clever enough
to control the wildest of events so that he always came out ahead.
Daffy, on the other hand, simply thought he was clever
enough. Chuck neatly
expressed the human condition this way:
"Bugs is who we want to be. Daffy is who we are."
Comedy and tragedy are the same art, and should be written
(or drawn) by the same cartoonist.
He’s right, you know.
We are all, spiritually, Daffy Duck.
You don’t think so?
How often in your prayers have you
given God specific directions on how to fix some particular
situation in your life.
Thy will be done – but according to my directions, right?
How often have you started a major
change in your life – and only afterwards sought God in prayer.
My will be done; I just want God to bless it.
How often have you discovered sound
advice in the pages of the Scripture – shortly after having done
something to the contrary.
But you were sure it was a good idea at the time, right?
Why is this so?
Perhaps it is because the human heart longs for the “happy
ending.” It doesn’t
matter if you’re Bugs Bunny or Indiana Jones, you want the end of
the picture to come out right – for you. But have you noticed that
only perfect people get that result – which is to say, no one ever
gets everything they hope for.
We can’t be clever enough to manipulate everything to come
out the way we want it.
Things are going to go wrong.
One reason they go wrong is that we are sinners; we want to
do it our way rather than God’s way.
That’s the real human condition.
God has provided us with a way to have a happy
ending – at his expense, but not through our cleverness.
He paid the price of our sins on the Cross, not so that we
could have everything we want – but everything he knows we need.
We need forgiveness; we’re not perfect.
Communion is given to us for a simple reason:
God wants us to remember that truth.
He wants us to remember that no matter what we’ve done,
forgiveness is available.
So he gives us Communion.
It helps us focus our minds not on what we’ve done wrong, nor
on our clever schemes to recover from that, but on his atonement.
The happy ending is coming – soon, Lord Jesus, soon – and we
shall see it.
In the meanwhile, remember what Christ has done for you – and
partake with a grateful heart.