Today’s Daily Lesson comes from Mark chapter 4 verses 26 through 28:
26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.”
There is an old Grimm’s Fairy Tale I’ve always loved about a little tailor on a long journey who encountered a great giant. The giant would not let the little tailor pass unless the tailor could defeat him at a test of strength. The tailor agreed, so long as he himself could choose the test of strength. “How about a rock throwing contest,” he said. Elated with the tailor’s choice, the giant picked up a huge rock, spun around and hurled it into the air. The rock went as far as the eye could see before finally coming back down with a thunderous crash. Then, quietly, the little tailor bent down and picked up a tiny pebble off the ground. Then he reached into one side of the coat and opened the breast pocket which he himself sewed inside. Out of the pocket he pulled out a small string and tied it to the rock. Then, still without a word, he reached into the other side of his breast and slipped his hand into yet another pocket he himself had sewn inside. Slowly and carefully he pulled his hand back out, to reveal a small dove cupped in the palm of his hand. He removed the dove from the coat then tied one of its legs to the string which was tied to the stone. He cupped them all three in his hands, said a prayer, then tossed the dove gently into the air. It never came back; and neither did the pebble.
The point? Anyone you like I suppose. But my point today is this: if it was not meant to fly, no matter what strength you put in it will always come crashing back down to earth; but if it has wings of itself, if it was meant to fly then all we have to do his sit back and watch it soar.
That’s a pretty good lesson for life.