A woman placed her name on a singles web site, hoping to find the man of her dreams. She had worked hard and her employer had recognized her potential and had given her several promotions in a very short time. Her greatest desire was now to find a man to share her life and raise a family with.
One day a man responded to her posting, he had a difference that caught her attention. They lived in different cities, and so began a correspondence over the distance. The more she knew of him, the more interested she became and believed this might be the one she had been waiting for. Over the progressing months it became clear that they were both deeply involved, and that the relationship might move to the next step soon.
The man was unable to relocate, his mother had a long term illness and he dared not leave her. He was openly frustrated with the situation but did not ask the woman to move and join him. He professed his love for her, and the hope that she understood. The woman considered her choices and put off any decision. Her career was enjoyable to her, and now that she had a man who loved her, she saw no need to make sudden changes.
Time passed with the man caring for his mother, and the woman involved in her own affairs. She slowly became used to the man’s interest, and no longer considered it unusual or of any great significance. She enjoyed receiving his attentions, but her responses were curt and rather uninterested.
She didn’t notice that the frequency of her suitor’s contact diminished. She flirted with other men, but never sought a relationship, for she felt herself committed to the man she now rarely communicated with. At Christmas she decided to surprise him with a trip to his city. On her visit she was astonished to learn he was engaged to a nurse who cared for his sick mother. The man related that his proposal had not concerned him because their relationship had died some time ago.
The woman left in astonishment, all of her plans and the envisioned Christmas of bliss were completely undone. Only in hindsight was she able to see the error of her ways, and the disregard for the man who had so dearly loved and waited for her.
Moral of the story:
“8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.”
The woman in the story had no appreciation for her boyfriend and expected he would always be there for her. Matthew 3:8-9 tells us of a group of people who were certain of their relationship with God, their status in life, and their heritage. They did not wish to honor or gratitude for the blessings they enjoyed; they expected it because of their outward actions of religious adherence. I continually forget all about God even as I enjoy all the blessings. I am like a person with short-term memory loss; I forgot what was just done for me. Oh how I long to be consistently grateful.