This has been running through my mind a lot lately.
I want to tell you a story my father used to tell me when I was young. It is a story about a king. He was the king of a very small country, and he was a good king.
He decided to have a contest to see who could swim the length of his Olympic size swimming pool. The winner would receive half of the king’s treasure.
He invited everyone in his kingdom to come to his house. Everyone was so excited until they got there, only to find that the pool was filled with sharks, piranhas and alligators.
Several days went by and no one was willing to take the king’s challenge. On the fourth day, all of a sudden there was a huge splash. Everyone turned to see a man swimming with all his might across the pool.
The whole kingdom cheered him on as he made it through the sharks. The man continued to swim as the piranhas nipped at him until finally he had made it through the alligators. He threw himself up on the side of the pool out of breath and exhausted.
Congratulations, the king said, now you will be rich. The man continued to catch his breath.
The king looked at the man again waiting for a response and asked what do you have to say about your new treasure? The man still out of breath looked up at the king and said,
King, half of your treasure is great, but what I really want to know is WHO PUSHED ME IN?
Have you ever felt like the man in the swimming pool? I know that I have. We we didn’t ask for the sharks, piranhas and alligators, it seems that someone has pushed us in and now we have to give it all our might to get through the trials and tribulations we are faced with. We have to exercise our faith and know that not only will the swim end but we will be spiritually wealthier because of the challenge. And, We are promised all our King has when the journey is through.
We have all been faced with trials and uncertainties in our lives, and I am sure we will be faced with many more. It's what we do when we are pushed in that determines what we are made of. We are so blessed. We just need to remember that This too shall pass.
Anyone ever felt like SOMEONE PUSHED THEM IN?