One winter’s day a man came upon a small boy sitting and begging on a windswept bridge. The boy was shivering from the cold and obviously needed a good meal.
On seeing him the man got very angry, and prayed to God and said, “Lord, why don’t you do something about this boy?”
To his astonishment he heard the voice of God speaking to him, saying, “I have already done something about him.”
This surprised the man, so he said, “I hope you don’t mind me saying this, but whatever you have done doesn’t seem to be working.”
‘I agree with you there,” replied God.
“By the way what did you do?” asked the man.
“I made you”, came the reply.
The man could see the young boy in distress but expected someone else to help him. A small act of kindness was all that was needed.
It’s so easy to ask for things to be better in our world but sometimes it’s our responsibility to do what we can to help.
Often we can be praying for things that are in our control to solve.
In ancient times, a king had his men place a boulder on a roadway. He then hid in the bushes, and watched to see if anyone would move the boulder out of the way. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers passed by and simply walked around it.
Many people blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none of them did anything about getting the stone removed.
One day, a peasant came along carrying vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to push the stone out of the way. After much pushing and straining, he finally managed.
After the peasant went back to pick up his vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King explaining that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the road. By Unknown Author.
Moral of the story – Every obstacle that we come across gives us an opportunity to improve our circumstances, and while the lazy complain, others are creating opportunities through their kind hearts, generosity, and willingness to get things done.
Enjoy your weekend.