I got in trouble once for altering an invitation.
I was a kid; in middle school or high school, I think. My older sister and I had been invited to someone’s birthday party but my sister was the more popular kid in school between the two of us. She got invited to everything and I rarely got invited to anything. Or so it seemed to my developing self-esteem. Add to that the fact that this particular friend was first my friend and my sister only made friends with her later and I was left with not being interested in “sharing” this friend with her.
My mama wasn’t at all happy with me, though, when she figured out that I’d altered the invitation to exclude my sister’s name. She grounded me and only let my sister attend the party.
I wonder if the Lord reacts the same way when we disinvite people to His party; people to which He has extended an invitation but that we, for whatever reason(s), decide shouldn’t actually get to go. I don’t know that the Lord “grounds” us but I can’t help but wonder if He’s saddened, maybe even angry, with us for messing with His plans for someone else.
I wonder if He feels the same even when the invitation we alter is one that is to ourselves.