|Curliques and camels - Mixing Metaphors|
We notice that LIFE has many twists and turns.
Can we call them,
C U R L I Q U E S ?
In the film, Evan Almighty,
Evan Baxter had been elected to the U.S. Congress.
During his campaign, he asked his hearers:
"What do we want to do?"
The answer --
"CHANGE THE WORLD!"
Through his reluctant, yet obedient act of building the ark commanded by God, Evan saved the lives of his family and many other people. He also brought about the downfall of a long-entrenched congressman. Through greed, this man (though unwittingly) allowed the building of the dam which failed, thereby causing the flood.
At the end of the film, Evan Almighty, God repeats His message to Evan.
With a stick, He draws three letters in the dirt.
With a smile, God asks Evan: "And how do you change the world?"
Then God answers His own question:
" by one
A ct of
K indness at
a time "
While we checked out the best photo-framing options, this busy bee arrived to do its job of spreading pollen from blossom to blossom, bush to bush, and tree to tree.
We were reminded that there is a poignant scenario unfolding now around us. Especially in the Western part of the world, the wild bee populations have dwindled to a dangerously low number. The cultivated bee hives tended by men, are therefore forced to protect the lives of their bees - and they're not succeeding because of the vast amount of insecticide poisons prevalent in gardens. The bees pick it up on their bodies and carry it back to their hives.
Do I care about the bees? Do I understand the inevitable results of this dilemma? Before long, the natural cross pollination in the plant kingdom will cease - plants will languish - crops will not propagate and grow.
How then will we feed ourselves and our animals?
"For the want of a nail, the horseshoe was lost;
For the want of a horseshoe a horse was lost;
For the want of a horse, the rider was lost;
For the want of a rider, the message was lost;
For the want of a message, the battle was lost;
For the want of a battle, the war was lost;
For the want of a war, the kingdom was lost;
And all for the want of a horseshoe's nail."
In our Creator's plan, everything and everyone has a purpose.
May God have mercy on us for our blind and selfish ways!
We have believed the sales-pitch of the poison-producers, and we have polluted our planet.
Please forgive us, Father God!
Show us what must be done.
We confess to You, and appeal to You to rescue us
and this Earth which you have so lovingly created.
and Speaking of
- "This bill and the foregoing remarks of the majority remind me of an old Arabian proverb: 'If the camel once gets his nose in the tent, his body will soon follow.' If adopted, the legislation will mark the inception of aid, supervision, and ultimately control of education in this country by the federal authorities."