THE PIG PEN

A post from the past:

If you missed Wednesday night during our recent Vacation Bible School, you missed a real treat. Mike Miller made effective use of our “pig pen” (as it has been affectionately named by those involved in its construction) as he arranged for a collection of tame animals to tie in with this year’s VBS theme, Son Country Farm.

As the children petted chickens, rabbits, sheep, a goat, a burro, a pony, and yes, even two pigs, I was reminded of a promise God made to us long ago.

Isaiah 11:6-10 (NIV) The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. {7} The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. {8} The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest. {9} They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. {10} In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious.

It was fascinating to watch the children carefully carry the chickens and rabbits and lead the burro and pony to and fro. A small pen teeming with tiny animals and large children and large animals and tiny children seems like a place just waiting for an accident.

I heard no crying child (there was a scared little piglet that needed its mother for its dinner). I saw lots of tenderness from the children (especially when a tiny rabbit tumbled headfirst into a water bucket).

It is difficult to describe the atmosphere that seemed to surround our “pig pen,” but it seemed a lot like a brief glimpse into heaven for me.

(If this seems to be dated, it is because it was written several years ago for the “Lakewood Light”, the weekly bulletin of the Lakewood Church of Christ in Baytown, TX. I found it today as I browsed through some old files. The event that evening made an impression on me I will not forget. I hope to experience it for real again with the Good Shepherd.)

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