January 27, 2021

2 Examples of Dawn After Darkness

 



“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.”-- Isaiah 9:2 (KJV)

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I feel blocked, or disempowered, for many reasons.  That’s why I haven’t posted to my blog in over a month. I think many of us are overpowered by the current widespread changes.

Will life ever settle down? If not, what will the new existence look like?

Here’s the big question: Has the light been barred forever for me? Not according to the scriptures.

I have narrow vision (myopia). I am pressed down. I am confused. There are two definitions of myopia.  One relates strictly to vision: “nearsightedness”.  In other words, the sufferer can focus best on objects closest to him. The other meaning connects more with attitude: “a narrow view of something; lack of foresight or planning.”

It’s easy for anyone to be myopic.   That attitude is not scriptural, though. We’re told to expect a future full of joy.

In this article, I’d like to share two examples of the need to look beyond the dark pit of our current lives.

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The Frog in the Well   (See another version here.)

This is a famous Chinese parable. It’s about a frog that refuses to think there’s a world outside of his own narrow existence.

Here’s some background on the symbolism of the story:

The original Chinese symbol for “well”, translates as “trap”.

 “Some ignorant people know nothing and refuse to see beyond their own world.”-- Zhuāng Zǐ,

The Idiom: The Frog in the Well – 井底之蛙 (jǐng dǐ zhī wā) – is a Chinese idiom that refers to a narrow-minded person who doesn’t see the larger world around them.

 The Story: The story is about a frog that lives happily in a well.  He has no idea what’s outside of that well.  The amphibian calls to various animals he sees passing by his home. None of them are interested in entering the claustrophobic darkness.

One day a yellow sparrow comes along and shows him the great, wide world. This includes the beautiful, blue ocean.  The frog is embarrassed he’s been living in such a small, sheltered hole. He learns to love nature.

 

 Chilean Mining Accident of August, 2010

The odds don’t get much higher than this. The rescue effort was far from simple, or quick. Did the victims fear they’d be forgotten in their confined space?

Problem

  • Thirty-three men were trapped 2,300 feet underground.
  • They were three miles from the mine’s main entrance.
  • The miners had been trapped underground for 69 days.

Miraculous Solution

  • All the survivors were in good condition. None had long-term physical repercussions.
  • Private donations covered 1/3 of the $20 million operation to free the minors.
  • Multiple countries and corporations donated equipment and manpower. 


My Conclusion

I believe in a brighter tomorrow. Do you?





6 comments:

  1. I most definitely believe in a better tomorrow. I am also excited because I know without any doubt that God is in control.

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  2. Tell people, do not ever turn your back on god, he will show you the way. I never question him, everybody else I do.

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