Saturday, September 10, 2005

Another Great Email To Share

The Ant and the Contact Lens: a true story

Brenda was almost halfway to the top of the tremendous granite cliff. She was standing on a ledge where she was taking a breather during this, her first rock climb. As she rested there, the safety rope snapped against her eye and knocked out her contact lens. "Great", she thought. "Here I am on a rock ledge, hundreds of feet from the bottom and hundreds of feet to the top of this cliff, and now my sight is blurry."

She looked and looked, hoping that somehow it had landed on the ledge. But it just wasn't there.
She felt the panic rising in her, so she began praying. She prayed for calm, and she prayed that she may find her contact lens.

When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but it was not to be found. Although she was calm now that she was at the top, she was saddened because she could not clearly see across the range of mountains. She thought of the bible verse "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth."
She thought, "Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me."

Later, when they had hiked down the trail to the bottom of the cliff they met another party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out, "Hey, you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?"

Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across a twig on the face of the rock, carrying it!

The story doesn't end there. Brenda's father is a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a cartoon of an ant lugging that contact lens with the caption, "Lord, I don't know why You want me to carry this thing. I can't eat it, and it's awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I'll carry it for You."
I think it would do all of us some good to say, "God, I don't know why You want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it's awfully heavy. But, if You want me to carry it, I will."
God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

Yes, I do love GOD. He is my source of existence and my Savior. He keeps me functioning each and every day. Without Him, I am nothing, but with Him....I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. (Phil. 4:13)

14 comments:

Darlene said...

I love the caption he wrote, it's so clever. Awesome story, I loved it.

Amy said...

I love it! :-)

purple_kangaroo said...

Neat story!

Live, Love, Laugh said...

wow that was such an awesome story, God is so amazing!!

Paula said...

What a great story. Thanks for sharing it with us. It's so important for us to remember that sometimes we will be required to carry heavy loads of our own. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face.

Your Sister In Christ,

Joe said...

"God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called."

That is the most important point any of us could learn.

Good post and praise God for ants!

(Try saying that at your next picnic.)

Jennifer said...

What an absolutely gorgeous analogy! I must say, in all my years of hiking, I've never seen anything like it.

;)

Maggie Ann said...

That true story sounds just like God! He is able to meet our every need. Thanks for coming by and leaving me a comment Shelley. My son and I were just trying to post via Powerpoint and as you probably noticed, we had a few failed 'posts' that I just weeded out. Its always a blessing to me to meet another believer. = )

Saija said...

i'm smiling, GREAT story ...

Blessings to you! saija

BHGA said...

What an awesome story. I'm back amongst the living....thanks for your prayers....

Debrand said...

Awesome! Spoke to me at once. Going through something that feels like a mountain without a purpose. Thanks.

Hezel said...

Wow! Great story! I loved it. God does work in mysterious ways. Amazing!

Hezel said...

Is it okay if i copy this and paste in my blog? I just want my friends and relatives to read it too. (although i already included your blog in my links)

Shelley said...

Yes, by all means do share it. Like I said, I got it in an email so I'm sure it's being spread around anyway :o)