Different And More!
Once upon a time, four blind men met for
the first time in their lives an elephant.
Such a huge animal! Immediately they started
running their hands over his body to sense
his frame. The first blind man, touching
the elephant's side, remarked solemnly, "The
elephant is like a wall." The second
blind man, who was touching his tail, remarked,
"No, it is more like a rope." Meanwhile
the third one was running his hands over
the leg and he disagreed completely, "No,
I would say it is more like a tree trunk."
The fourth blind man, touching the tusk,
came out with a completely different opinion
: "More like a knife, a dagger!"
The confusing question which my uncle
asked me after repeating this story
was : "Who was right?" I
and never could figure out an answer.
I know that none was right yet all
We make the same mistake when we try
out who is God. Some believe that he
policeman, someone obsessed with the
always checking out whether we are
the rules. They live a life of fear.
look at God as a waiter, someone at
call and beck. They desire something,
order it and if He delivers it to them
He is good. Otherwise he is a lousy
A functional approach. Still others
him as a judge. Punishment or reward.
will soon be handed out! Hence they
bargain, rationalize, threaten, promise,
flatter, placate... Then there are
who look to God as a banker or a doctor.
They normally do not think about him,
when problems arrive, they run to him
He will solve all their problems...
Is this God? No. He is different! He
A tiny ant crawling upon the ceiling
Sistine Chapel sees only random colors
its feet. She may think that the tiny
under her feet is the whole painting,
this is false. The picture is immense
much more awesome than what the ant
Saint John of the Cross once asked
who was God for him. "God is whoever
He wishes to be!" - was the simple
deep answer of this brother. John of
Cross was delighted with the answer...
A friend once wrote to me. "Maybe
God really needs are more children
entertain Him... When things are getting
pretty rugged in some places He needs
laugh somewhere else... and he says
"let's check out 444, Love Court,
City and see what she's up to now!"
Men had become so confused about God
God Himself said, "Let me send
so He can show them who I am."
saw who God is.
An innocent person stretched out on
out of love for us.
A victorious person who rose from death to
guarantee that whoever unites himself to
Him will never taste death!
A monk approached Abba Poemen.
"I feel lost. Temptations are
than me. What can I do?"
"Simple, my son," was the strange
answer of the Abba. "Just place the
pot on the fire!"
The disciple did not understand and
did not offer any further explanations.
the disciple retired quietly, praying
God for enlightenment. After a long
of prayer, the meaning flashed in his
No animal dares approach a pot on fire
it is too hot. Similarly ourselves.
place our hearts upon the fire of the
of God, the devils will not dare approach
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