Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Ant and the Contact Lens

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."

I think it would do all of us some good to say, "God, I don't know why You want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it's awfully heavy. But, if You want me to carry it, I will."

God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

Yes, I do love GOD. He is my source of existence and my Savior. He keeps me functioning each and every day Without Him, I am nothing, but with Him....I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. (Phil. 4:13)

"You Gave Me A Mountain"
and with you I will get over it..


Penny said...

Thanks, Linda! Just what I needed tonight. I just got back from Open House where I met 14 out of 21 of my new kindergarteners. They were cute, but several were trying to destroy my classroom I've spent the last few weeks cleaning and organizing. On the way home, I began questioning whether I'd "heard" right when I felt this is where I'm supposed to teach. Already getting nervous... Guess I need to remember Who "called" me and Who is qualifying me. =)

jojo said...

I like this one...lots!

Grandma J said...

I love it!!

Linda said...

Thanks gals, for visiting!

Yes,this story has quite a message,

Penny, hang in there, girl. Just let the kids know who is boss the first week, and then you can let up on the 'toughness'. You will do just great, and have lots of fun with those 5 and 6 year olds. All of them are so excited when they learn and understand all the new concepts!

Keep us posted! Blessings to you!

Debbie Jean said...

Wow, what a message in that blog! I love it and needed it tonight myself. Thanks for sharing it. Phil 4:13 is my all time favorite Bible verse. It gets me thru quite a lot. Again thanks Linda.

God Bless~
Debbie Jean

Tesa said...

I've read this a while back... it's such a good one!

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Oh, oh . . . just what I needed to hear today. I am both the contact lense wearer AND the ant sometimes.