Friday, February 4, 2011

The Gospel According to Chain Email

While checking my email this morning, I was gathering my thoughts trying to discern what God was trying to teach me through the events of this week. After reading two emails received from a friend, the light went on and I knew that this is what God wanted me to share today.

The first email was full of Ponderables, some of which I have included here for your amusement:

1) If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?

2) If a cow laughed, would she spew milk out of her nose?

3) Why do croutons come in airtight packages? Aren't they just stale bread to begin with?

4) Why isn't the number 11 pronounced onety one?

5) If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed?

6) If it's true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?

Then I opened the following email about two horses.

There is a place in the countryside with a field that has two horses in it. From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing.... looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him. This alone is amazing.

If you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to the horse's halter is a small bell. It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow.

As you stand and watch these two friends, You'll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse, and that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the other horse is, trusting that he will not be led astray. When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, it stops occasionally and looks back, making sure that the blind friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owner of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need. Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way. You may not always see them, but you know they are always there. Please listen for my bell and I'll listen for yours.

I guess we just found the answer to Ponderable #6.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:8-10, NIV)

About the pictures:

Blackwater State Park (May 2010)

1 comment:

Common Household Mom said...

Those ponderables nearly made me spew milk out of my nose. Does that make me a cow? (Pleeeeze don't answer that). I like the image of the horses, and it is a good answer to Pond. #6.

I like that verse, except I kinda wish it didn't say "without grumbling." because that's difficult.