SOOTHSAYER & THE YOUNG MAN
A young chap went to a soothsayer to inquire about the hope of his future.
Right before his eyes, the soothsayer drew two circles. One in white and the other in black. He then put a millipede in between the circles, saying “if the millipede crawls into the white circle, your future will be bright and very great, but if it crawls into the black circle, then you are finished and doomed! No future at all!”.
As soon as the insect was dropped in between the circles, it began crawling towards the white circle. This chap was super-excited. But suddenly, as it got to the edge of the circle, it turned back and began crawling away from the white circle towards the black one. The boy watched as the insect progressively moved farther away from his desire to his doom. Then, just when the insect got to the edge of the black circle, this chap stretched his hands, picked it up and quickly but carefully dropped it in the white circle.
The soothsayer in shock, never seen anyone intervenes in his own matter, watching all the while, asked the chap what he did and why he did what he did. The boy smiled and simply replied by saying ” I cannot sit and watch my destiny go down the gloom doom! While I can still do something about it and to change its course. My destiny is in my hands”. He got up and left.
Many of us are behaving like the flip side of this chap. We leave too many things to chance. We Watch things messed up right under our nose and we do nothing to change the course of what we can help.
Many pray without a corresponding and conscious effort, forgetting that faith without works is dead. What you don’t want, you don’t watch. If you do nothing, nothing will happen. There’s a time for everything under the sun.. There’s a time to close your eyes in prayers and a time to open them in action. May God give us understanding to take authority over what we can and leave the rest to him.