How is this like the Realm of God?
Bridesmaids await the groom.
Some run out of oil.
The others decline to share.
Right when the groom comes
the unprepared ones run off to buy oil.
The others enter the hall without them.
When they return, the groom rejects them.
Bridesmaids who aren’t prepared,
others who refuse to share,
those who run away right when they’re needed,
those who are happy to desert them,
and a groom who refuses to admit his friends:
none of these people are behaving well. None.
How is this like the realm of God?
A voice in your heart recoils, says,
“This could all be different!”
There. That is like the realm of God.
—November 8, 2017