Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Why not look up???

I got an email today from my first grade sunday school teacher. I havent seen him for twenty years but a while back he started emailing me.
He always sends me something funny or clever or at least a story or picture running down Barak Obama. (hmmm... maybe his ancestors were Irish - O'bama? anyway...). But today he sent me a short letter and I thought that it would be a good one to put in "Ray"man's terms, so here it is:

THE BUZZARD: If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

THE BAT: The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.

THE BUMBLEBEE:A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, butpersists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completelydestroys itself.

PEOPLE: In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up! That's the answer, the escape route and the solution to any problem! Just look up. Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, But faith looks up!

I don't know about you but I do my share of "shuffling about helplessly".

Thanks "Sarge"... still teaching me, twenty years down the road.


Blair Bunch said...

I'm tired of looking around all the time. 'come unto me all who are weary, and I will give you rest'.