Sunday, March 28, 2010
The Rabbit And The Snake: A Fable
Once there was a young rabbit named Bagu. He was both lively and entertaining and spent his days frolicking in the meadows under the warm summer sun.
As the days began to cool and the nights grew chilly, Bagu noticed that he saw less and less of his friends. Then he remembered that he, too, would soon need to find a warm and cozy home where he could spend the long winter months. He poked and burrowed all day only to find that the other animals had already chosen the best places.
Not to worry, thought Bagu, Jake the Jackrabbit will make room for me.
But Jake's burrow was full, so Bagu quickly hopped away to try again.
Not to worry, thought Bagu, Miles Mouse will certainly have an extra room.
But the rooms in Miles' burrow were far too small for Bagu. Try as he might, he simply could not fit. Sadly, Bagu left and sat quivering in the middle of the meadow as a deep blanket of darkness began to envelop the sky. Soon a fine snow began to fall and Bagu's tawny fur glistened with icy crystals.
"What am I do to?" Bagu whimpered. "I will surely freeze to death if I don't find shelter soon."
Unknown to Bagu, a pair of yellow-green eyes had been watching him. Now, having observed his predicament, a voice hissed and slithered across the meadow on the wind.
"Come here, Bagu, I have plenty of room for you."
"Oh, Salim," chattered Bagu, his eyes wide with fright, "thank you for your kindness, but I do not think I should accept your offer."
"But Bagu," insisted the snake, "it is so cold, and you are nearly frozen. If you come in, we can keep each other company, and you will be safe from the storm."
Bagu thought, Not to worry. He is old and I am cold. He only wants some company.
So Bagu slowly hopped into Salim's huge hole and settled down across the room. As a puddle began to form beneath Bagu from the melting snow, Salim suggested that Bagu move closer to him.
"You will be wet and cold over there. Besides, my hearing is not very good anymore, and I will hear you much better."
Not to worry, thought Bagu, as he inched closer to the old snake. I won't have to shout at him any more.
After they had chattered a little more, Salim hissed, "Come closer. If we curl up together, we will surely be warm for the night. You know, I would really like it if you stayed with me until spring."
Still feeling chilled and warmed by the idea of having found a place to stay for the winter, Bagu nestled into Salim's coiled body. Bagu felt Salim's body tighten around him and thought, What a lovely hug between friends!
As Salim's grip grew stronger, Bagu struggled and squeaked, "Salim, stop! You are squeezing the life out of me!"
Salim's tongue slid across Bagu's head as he said, "I know, how else could I have you for dinner?"
This smiley was taken into what he thought was a beautiful mansion only to find out it was a trap for someones dinner!
Jeremiah 5:26 For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.
Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. ..
Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven
Today is one of the days that brings such joy to my heart.My daughter called me to let me know our grandaughter just got saved in sunday school.
Such joy to have one of my children call every week and let me know what was preached except last week she asked me what did your pastor preach on.
she knew i was home with caleb.now i know why her husband calls her a brat.
Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
A Sqirrel back home!
Today in church my pastor taught on the following.
12:1 And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.
12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
12:4 And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
12:5 Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.
12:6 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst
He used a story that just happened to him recently on how we should fear God true but we should also trust him.
A Noise was coming from somewhere in his house he got up to go see and he finally figured out it was a squirrel in his chimney playing santa clause his mother tried telling him santa sqiurrels really dont go down the chimneys they are not real he is just on tv) so my pastor looked it up on the web to see how they could get him out and he read about throwing some rope down for the squirrel to climb on. He got to the hardware store and did not have the right rope he seen a gentleman there that he knew who worked in apartments he told him he had a heart trap that he would bring over, when the trap arrived he brought the trap by the chimney come to find out he was not in the chimney he was in the wood stove while he was. Trying to get him the trap went off so he fixed it and the squirrel escaped. With the trap in his hands he was running all around finally he caught him in the reloaded trap with peanuts and water so my pastor sprinkled a little water on him no he is not catholic and the squirrel started drinking. After the squirrel was taken outside he was thrilled to know he was home the squirrel is so much like myself sometimes living in fear thinking he is going to get hurt but God directs our path he knows what is best for us. I Just have to learn to trust him and not lean on my understanding.
"Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is."
"A man who has been in danger,
When he comes out of it forgets his fears,
And sometimes he forgets his promises."
---- Euripides - Iphigenia in Tauris (414-12 BC)
"What we fear comes to pass more speedily than what we hope."
---- Publilius Syrus - Moral Sayings (1st C B.C.)
"A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice."
---- Edgar Watson Howe - Country Town Sayings (1911)
Courage is not the lack of fear but the ability to face it."
---- Lt. John B. Putnam Jr. (1921-1944)