Re: A Cabinet of Jewels, Chapters one and two
A worm, a gnat, a
fly, a hair, a seed
of a raison, a skin of a grape
(Thomas Brooks, "A
Cabinet of Choice Jewels" 1669)
"Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know
what a day may bring forth." Proverbs 27:1
Who can sum up the many possible deaths which are
still lurking in his own body; or the innumerable hosts of
external dangers which beleaguer him on every side; or
the invisible arrows which fly about his ears continually!
How soon he may have his mortal wound given him by one
or another of them—who can tell? Now, how sad would it be
for a man to have a summons to appear before God in that
eternal world, before his heart and life are savingly changed!
The life of a man is but a shadow, a runner, a span, a vapor,
a flower, etc. Though there is but one way to come into
the world—yet there are many thousand ways to be
sent out of the world!
We carry about in our bodies, the material for a thousand
deaths, and may die a thousand
different ways in several
hours. As many senses, as many members, nay, as many
pores as there are in the body—so many windows there are,
for death to enter in at!
Death needs not spend all his arrows upon us. A worm,
a gnat, a fly, a hair, a seed of a raison, a skin of a
grape, the stumbling of a horse, the trip of a foot, the
prick of a pin, the cutting of a fingernail, the cutting out
of a corn; all these have been to others, and any of them
may be to us—the means of our death within the space of
a few days; nay, of a few hours; nay, of a few moments!
I am sure that the worst of deaths, shall
but translate true believers . . .
from earth—to heaven,
from a wilderness—to a paradise,
from misery—to glory, and
from mixed and mutable enjoymentssto
the pure and everlasting enjoyments of God!