God’s Vineyard: Don’t Sell Out

 

To capture the vineyard he wanted,

Old Ahab knew he must be slick.

So the miser attempted a pay-off

By means of a slippery trick.

 

He smiled. “Forgive the intrusion,

But you have a plot that I love.

Moreover, your vineyard is fertile,

With grapes that drip dew from above.

 

“However, your workers lack money

To pay taxes and cover their rent.

Consequently, your wife can’t buy new clothes,

Because all your money’s been spent.

 

“Therefore, let me propose a solution

Which will, strangely enough, cure those ills:

The finest of healthcare a la Jezebel,

Who cooks up the strongest of pills.

 

“Her potions can kill any virus.

I should know. I have sampled a few.

At any rate, she stirs the cauldron.

Won’t you help me finance her brew?

 

“We can do it by having you sell me

Your vineyard for a vegetable farm

Because it is ripe for a transplant.

But why do your eyes shine with alarm?

 

“The silver and gold are in my hands,

I own cattle on hundreds of hills –

The ones that survived that long famine we had.

To think of that dearth gives me chills.

 

“I hope you don’t blame it on me, though,

For I did what I must to survive.

Plus, my wife is the queen. She deserves it.

Her heart is to see us all thrive.

 

“Bitter herbs are the answer, she tells me,

All her doctors agree. It’s the rage!

Bread and wine aren’t enough. We need healthier stuff.

Our menu requires a new page.

 

“To that end I beg you, dear Naboth,

In lieu of such spiritual fruit

As love, peace and joy (which may tend to annoy),

More practical produce to toot.

 

“Even so, let me purchase your vineyard

And replace it with down-to-earth food,

Like envy and anger that grows like a weed

And puts you in one rotten mood.

 

“I’m just looking out for your welfare.

Your vineyard I’ll gladly replace

With a substitute crop based on following law.

Forget all this teaching on grace.”

 

But the man told him no, he would not compromise.

So, Jezebel continued the chase…

 

Can you relate to Naboth? Does some bully want your good stuff? Have you ever caved in and let them have what they wanted? If they got it, was it ever enough?

https://miracle-times.com/fun/healed-mans-clothes-contagious/

https://miracle-times.com/fruit/miracles-good-fruit-persecution/

 

Author: C R Flamingbush

C.R. Flamingbush grew up in Wheaton, Illinois and graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in German and linguistics. After working seven years for the Department of Defense (an easy job), she took on the most difficult challenge in the world: a lifetime career of raising four children. Along the way she developed a passion for writing Christian superhero fantasy. She enjoys humor because it's Biblical (see the second psalm) and she loves to make people laugh - whether through her writings, her art, or just by being herself. Writing fantasy is her way of poking fun at human foibles and all the ridiculous ideas that so easily beset the human race, while at the same time honoring God in every way she can. Flamingbush has been a member of Faithwriters since 2010, and several of her winning contest entries have been published by Fresh Air Press. She likes Fan Story and has been a Narnia fan since the age of ten. In terms of influence, she aspires to be the next C.S. Lewis but has quite a ways to go in that regard. Speed of Sight, a Superhero Adventure, is her first novel. A sequel is in the works.

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