There was an old woman who lived in a small cottage not far from Balmoral Castle in Scotland. When Queen Victoria was living in the castle she was very fond of visiting some of the old people who lived nearby.
One afternoon this old lady was in her cottage alone. She was in a very bad temper because she had quarreled with her nearest neighbor, and because some of her friends had been gossiping about her. She shut the door, locking herself in, saying to herself, `Aye, I'll keep myself to myself in the future. I won't let them in when they try to get a dish o' tea out o' me.' Presently she heard a soft knock at the door. She set her lips and nodded her head.
`Knock away,' she whispered. The knock was repeated louder now.
'Knock away till doomsday,' she called out in an angry voice. 'I'll no let ye in.' The knock wasn't repeated and footsteps outside were heard going away from the house. The old woman nodded and smiled.
'They won't trouble me now for a bit,' she assured herself. But she did not smile the next day when she was told that her queen had stood outside her door and had knocked for admission, and she had refused to let her in. The queen never visited her again.
Someone greater than all the kings and queens of earth is knocking at the heart's door of men and women and they won't let Him in. Some day He will knock for the last time. That last time may be nearer than we expect, therefore we ought to 'swing the heart's door widely open' and let Him in now.—Messenger of Peace
(Rev. 3. 20; Hos. 4. 17; 5. 15)
When G. F. Watts was painting his famous picture of 'The Great Refusal', he said of it, 'Now I am doing a man's back—little else but his back to explain, "He went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions". Fancy a man turning his back on Christ rather than give away his goods! They say his back looks sorry. I don't know. It is what I meant his back to express.' Demas, too, presents to us the study of a back. Demas deserted Paul.—Herbert S. Seekings
(Matt. 19. 22; 2 Tim. 4. 10)