Monday, July 18, 2011

The Ant and the Contact Lens

A friend of mine forwarded this email on to me yesterday. I don't know if she was just happily forwarding things on, or if she thought it was something I needed to hear at the time, but for whatever reason, she sent it on to me. I'm very glad she did, because it was what I needed to hear at the time. Everybody faces challenges in their life. That's part of the process, it's how we learn, and it's how we become better people. But sometimes those challenges seem very hard, almost too hard. I'm in the middle of one of those challenges right now. I know in the end I'll be better off for it, but getting through it is a struggle and it's sometimes hard to see the big picture and remember why I've made the choices that I've had, the choices that have presented this challenge to me. So with that being said, here's the email she shared with me. It gave me a bit of strength, a bit of hope, and was a wonderful reminder of why I'm doing what I'm doing. I hope somebody else finds the same benefit.

The 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."

In my life, I feel an awful lot like that ant, with a few variations. "Lord, the burdens I'm carrying are awfully heavy. It's hard to see why You want me to carry them, I don't always understand the purpose behind the challenges I face, and most of the time I'm not convinced I'm strong enough to carry them. But You think I have the strength, and You want me to carry it, so I will."
We all face challenges; we all have trials; we don't always understand why we face what we do, but the Lord does. That thought brings me comfort.

On a side note: Thank you Ellen for sharing this with me!




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