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The man chasing ripples
by Christopher Jenyns
08/23/08
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This is a paraphrase of a moral I have already told to God:
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There once was a man, idling through life, who came across a large pond. Immediately he saw the pond and felt great peace, this was because it reminded him of his childhood. He went to the pond and threw a stone into the pond, as he had done as a child.

When he was a child, the man had never chased the ripples, but in his maturity, he thought "I am mature now, I will chase the ripples of the next stone I throw around the pond". For in so doing he would learn what he had missed as a child.

The next stone, the man began to chase the ripples around the pond. To call it a pond, really, was a mistake, for as the man discovered it was in fact a lake. On and on the ripples travelled, the man did not give up.

On his way, the man began to get tired. "Here I am, a mature man and I am tiring because I have chased the ripples of my childhood so far, but yet, I have not learned what it is I missed from my childhood," said the man to himself. And up ahead was an older man sitting by the lake, who saw him coming.

"I will tell you what you have missed from your childhood!" said that older man sitting by the lake. But it was already too late, the man of the lake, had passed him by, chasing the ripples of his childhood. To say he was a man of the lake, in fact, was an understatement, for the lake was very large.

It was not far, further along, that a child had come to the large lake to see what he could and perhaps to skip some stones in, which would be fun. And the child was cautious, he watched his way and did not slip on the rocks. But it wasn't a moment before the man passed him by, saying to himself "I am nothing like that child!".

Bang! The man hit a rock, slipped and died and went to see God. And God was enthroned in diamonds and flowing gold with silver edging!

"Who are you?" said the man "I was looking for something from my childhood and here [i]you[/i] are; either you are an angel or I do not need to know you!"

"I am not an angel," said God.

"Then I do not need to know you! Let me find what it is I was missing from my childhood and get out of my way!" said that man.

"Let it be to you as you desire," said God.

And the man returned to the lake a ghost, chasing the ripples of his childhood around the great lake, which, if you looked at truly, was in fact an ocean. And the old man was Jesus. And the child was the Holy Spirit.

And God was indeed no angel. Much less, He knew what the man of the island was looking for, for he was looking for the judgement he had lacked as a child. And this world was destined to be destroyed by fire, so there was no way that that man would not find judgement - for his pond, his lake, his ocean would evaporate in a moment in the heat of the Sun... and all that was missing... was God's judgement.

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I will enjoy your comments, but take a moment to reflect, if your life affords it - it is not often that a man can consider easily how far he has come (much less how far he may go)!

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Judy Wilson 28 Sep 2008
I have not stopped chasing nor have i arrived, the only thing different for me is that the ripple i would chase would be God and my destination, my final arival would be God ! This is very interesting ! Food for thought.




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