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Lockdown Day 25 Little Parables

Go to the ant, you sluggard, consider its ways and be wise! (Prov 6:6 NIV)

This morning my husband directed my attention to a sliver of grated cheese that was being moved by a work party of ants.

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As we watched, the cheese slowly moved towards the sink.

To me it was a parable of how, when we work together, we can accomplish impossible-seeming tasks. Our church team has managed to distribute 2,136 masks so far to the destitute in the township of Alexandra. Nothing was purchased. As people run out of elastic or fabric, others drop what they have in excess at the entrance of the church and people who need come and collect.

My sewing machine light has given in and I was tempted to use the excuse to discontinue sewing masks. However, the parable of the ants has inspired me. I devised a hack, using a light my husband used to use over his bathroom mirror.

All over the country, South Africans are working together to help others.

I believe that after this crisis, we will emerge as a society that is more co-operative, more caring and more able to forge together a strong, united nation. The following video seems like a miracle but maybe it’s only a taste of things to come.

A Little Girl’s Prayer.

This is the story my best friend told me yesterday about her granddaughter.

The five-year-old had a sleep-over with Granny. She had been talking about how she wished she could see God doing something. Maybe a miracle! Before bed they prayed together and my friend asked her granddaughter what miracle she would like Jesus to do for her.

“I wish there were plants in my pot,” she said without hesitation.

Last year, the pre-primary school her two cousins attended had had a grandparents’ tea and each child made a bookmark as a gift for Granny and Grampa. The teachers had attached small packets of mixed flower seeds to each.

Like a good Granny, when my friend had all three girls together, she allowed each to plant seeds in her own special pot. Although the seeds in the cousins’ pots sprouted and bloomed, the third pot has remained barren for six months. Not the tiniest glimmer of anything green.

Until a little girl’s prayer.

My friend said, “Well, I thought to myself, I don’t want my grandchild to be disappointed so I’m going to play God and I’ve got some seeds in my room and when she’s sleeping in the dark I’m quickly going to go out and I’m going to plant those seeds and then when they come up, I’ll say, ‘Look, God has answered your prayer.'”

She sneaked out in the dark with a spade and the seeds and this is what she saw.

She was about to pull them out, thinking they were weeds, but on closer inspection in the dark they didn’t look like weeds. In the morning she thought she’d just have another look and see if they were flowers or weeds before showing them to her granddaughter but the thought came to her, How can you do this? God’s already done a miracle, how can you limit Him? For six months the pot has been absolutely barren. Now there are plants.

When the little girl ran out to look at her pot and she saw the small green leaves, her response was. “Thank you Jesus.”

I think this miracle was just as much for my friend as for her granddaughter.

Matthew 18: 2-4 tells us:

He called a little child to him and placed the child among them. And he said: Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (NIV)