One Day Fling
On morning, Saint Peter awoke with a great
desire to be God just for one day.
he did not dare express this crazy
to anyone, but God, who reads the secrets
of our hearts, realized what Peter
So He approached Peter and, "Do
believe it is easy to be God?"
I don't, but frankly, I would like
given a try! Just for a little while.
one single day! You know, to be able
the show on my own. To be in charge
It must be a great feeling..."
"Very well", answered God
"For one day you will sit on my
You can even start just now. You are
of the whole world." Peter couldn't
believe his ears. His ultimate ambition!
Finally he could climb on the mighty
throne of God in heaven. He was thrilled.
From that vantage point, he could oversee
everything - the entire earth, the
the people. Everything was exposed
of his very eyes. Fantastic!
As he was glancing around, his eyes
upon an old woman who was tending a
flock of sheep. A guy passed by and
chatting for a while, the old shepherdess
remarked, "I must leave you now.
hungry... I am going home to eat."
about the sheep? Are you going to leave
unattended?" asked the man. "Oh
no! God will look after them!"
philosophically the woman.
Peter, aware of the serious responsibility
he had undertaken, decided to look
into this matter. So he left his throne
went down there. No one can be disappointed
if one trusts in God. "Those who
your name will trust in you, for you,
have never forsaken those who seek
Everything was quiet for a while but
a few wasps had the brilliant idea
the ram. The ram, bitten and annoyed,
started kicking wildly and then rushed
crazily away from the field. Obviously
entire flock followed him! "Oh
voiced loudly Saint Peter. "Look,
a mess I have put myself in! I must
mayhem immediately, otherwise what
a god I am!!" And so he dashed
mad chasing the ram! _
What a race! He slipped in a puddle
drenched in a muddy pool, he nearly
a leg trying to leap over a fence,
a foothold and tumbled over a garbage
A real messy ordeal! But finally he
to catch the ram. He calmed him down
brought all the flock back to the field
in time for the old woman who was coming
back from her snack.
Exhausted and filthy, Peter returned
He slumped into the heavenly throne
dismally again over the world. Just
God happened to pass by and brightly
Peter how his day was going on. "Awful!"
Peter retorted. "I was just going
call you! I give up! I resign. Let's
If helping one old woman took so much
out of me, what will happen at the
the day?! No, no, no. You take your
I shall return to my rank!"
So ended Peter's adventure on the throne
of God ... with an early abdication!
It is not easy to be God. Pride is
sinful. It is also farcical.
Let us leave Him in charge of our lives
the lives of those whom we love. We
even have to solve every problem or
each solution. Let us just offer up
and helplessness. He will then grab
and all will be well. Let us let God
in our lives also!
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