Pleasure is a Picture
~ Kevin Burrill
Pleasure is a picture.
Every taste and every treat,
is intended to remind us,
of the joys of Jesus’ presence,
when with Him we finally meet.
Pleasure is a present,
sent to teach us, as it thrills,
to be grateful, full of worship,
ever praising God the Giver,
for such grace through Calv’ry’s hill.
But pleasure, too, can trap us,
turn our gaze from God on high.
We settle for the pictures in a web of silly lies.
A lesser prize
lures in our eyes
in place of Christ, the worthy Maker of our lives.
We would do well to call to mind,
the only merit we have earned,
apart from God – the Just, the Kind,
is Hell, to be forever burned.
All else we hold comes to our hand
by grace, and mercy’s pardon planned.
So, when reaching for a pleasure of this life, one great or small,
the taste of chocolate’s warmth,
or a man and wife embracing in each other’s arms in love,
reach, but stop and ponder through
your heart’s intended goals –
merely satisfying self,
or to enjoy the God-sent gift
as an act of loving worship
to the Giver of them all.
If it isn’t had as worship,
then it can’t be had at all!