Years ago, a farmer had an old mule. The mule's name was Ned.
For over 20 years, Ned had helped the farmer put in his crops, but now Ned was old and almost blind.
One day, one of the farmer's sons came running into the house. "Dad! Dad!" he yelled. "Ned has fallen into the old, abandoned well out back" What are we going to do?"
Dad and the boys ran to the well and surveyed the situation. Alas, it seemed there was no way to get the old mule out of the hold. The farmer told his sons, "We will just bury old Ned right here. After all, he is almost dead, and this hold needs to be filled up. We will kill two birds with one shot. Boys, go get the shovels."
Soon the boys were back, and they began to shovel dirt down onto old Ned. When the first dirt hit Ned's shoulder, it startled the old mule. He simply shook his shoulders as much as he could in his narrow confines. As each shovel full rained down, old Ned would shake off the dirt and step on it. Shovel after shovel of dirt came down on Ned, but he just kept shaking it off and packing it down with his hooves. Pretty soon, the well was almost full, and old Ned simply stepped up out of the the well to the safety off the ground. What was supposed to have buried him became his path to life and freedom.
As the dirt of situations and circumstances of life try to bury you, maybe we can follow the example of old Ned. Just shake it off and step up!
Have you ever wondered....
Why do we press harder on a remote when we know the batteries are getting dead?
Why do banks charge a fee on "insufficient funds" when they know there is not enough money?
Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?
Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?
Whose idea it was to put an "S" in the word "lisp"?
If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?
Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?
Is there ever a day when mattresses are not on sale?
Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?
Why it is that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?
These are my favorite(probably because I have done them so often!!)
Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new will have materialized?
Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down , pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?
I hope, like me, you are smiling because you have done a few of these yourself!!
I am just an ordinary girl who is loved by an extraordinary God and I seek to love others the same way. I love to bake, read, do puzzles, watch Hallmark movies, and go shopping with my mom! This blog was created as a place where I could share some thoughts that the Lord has shown me and to be an encouragement to others who desire to know Him in a deeper way. My prayer is to learn to sit still and trust God with my future.
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