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Topic: Obedience (01/31/05)
TITLE: Ginoís Gutter Gaffe (A Parable)
By Glenn A. Hascall
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‚ÄúYou need help, I‚Äôm your guy,‚ÄĚ he often said to the King‚Äôs men as they came by to deliver the king's commands.
One morning, Ian, the royal 'Bearer of Bad News' approached Gino and said, ‚ÄúThe King commands you to clean the royal gutters.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI‚Äôll get right on it,‚ÄĚ Gino said with a smile as he ran to his barn to retrieve a ladder. ‚ÄúAnything for the King.‚ÄĚ
Once the royal horse thundered out of his yard, the ladder was replaced and Gino sat down for a delightful bowl of fresh frozen peas with a hint of oregano.
Guiseppi, his father came to him later in the day as said, ‚ÄúGino, I need you to feed the cattle.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúYes, Father,‚ÄĚ Gino rose from his chair with a smile.
His father was barely out of sight when Gino sat back down to contemplate conjugated verbs and other unexplained literary phenomena. ‚ÄúLet‚Äôs see is this verb indicative, subjunctive or imperative? Ah, I give up!‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúGino!‚ÄĚ came the call of his mother, Josephine.
‚ÄúYes, Mama,‚ÄĚ Gino replied as he ran toward the house.
‚ÄúI need you to go to town and trade some of our grapes for a few eggs,‚ÄĚ Josephine said as she rubbed a stray pea from the face of her son.
‚ÄúMama,‚ÄĚ Gino replied in embarrassment.
‚ÄúSo you will do this thing for me?‚ÄĚ Josephine asked.
‚ÄúOf course,‚ÄĚ Gino said with a hurt look in his eyes.
‚ÄúIt is settled then,‚ÄĚ Josephine said as she wiped her hands on his apron and walked back in the house. ‚ÄúIt is your sister, Corinna‚Äôs birthday and I need the eggs for the cake. Hurry now!‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúAll right, Mama,‚ÄĚ Gino chuckled as he walked out the gate of the Hascalletti Villa. It wasn‚Äôt long before he got sidetracked and forgot all about the eggs as his friends invited him to join them in a high stakes game of ‚ÄúRock - Paper - Scissors.
‚ÄúLucky sevens,‚ÄĚ he said as he pitched the dice. The numbers didn‚Äôt seem to favor Gino and he left with no grapes to trade.
He was headed home when he heard the sound of rain. He raced homeward as quickly as possible, changing clothes and asking his mother for something warm to drink.
‚ÄúWhere are the eggs?‚ÄĚ Mama asked him.
‚ÄúUh, the rain, I couldn‚Äôt get to town,‚ÄĚ Gino lied.
‚ÄúWhat am I gonna tell Corinna?‚ÄĚ Mama clucked her tongue and waved her hands in broad sweeping gestures of frustration.
‚ÄúGino!‚ÄĚ his father called, ‚ÄúDidn‚Äôt you feed the cattle?‚ÄĚ"
‚ÄúWell‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ Gino began.
‚ÄúThey were so hungry they broke through the gate and trampled Mallorini‚Äôs garden,‚ÄĚ Papa replied with mounting frustration.
Suddenly horses thundered into the outer courtyard. ‚ÄúWe call forth Gino Hascalletti,‚ÄĚ a voice rang.
Gino‚Äôs face went pale as he walked out the front door of the villa, ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre you not commanded to clean the King‚Äės gutter?‚ÄĚ
Gino simply hung his head.
‚ÄúWith today‚Äôs rain, the king now stands in water in the royal palace,‚ÄĚ the man‚Äôs jaws clinched in a tight dance of anger.
‚ÄúI am sorry,‚ÄĚ Gino said dropping his arms to his side.
There was no cake, a broken gate and a flooded palace - promises made and broken.
Gino learned a hard lesson - and a very public one. The town crier was heard every hour, ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs three o‚Äôclock and all is well except for the recent incident when Gino Hascalletti refused to obey the King‚Äôs command and left the king to look for a shop-vac - not to mention a nasty garden trampling by famished bovines and an eggless cake. More public humiliation in an hour!‚ÄĚ
In the end, we stand like Gino as disobedient servants who have let others down. We have also let ourselves down - we have let our King down. The good news is God will not stand and proclaim our disobedience to all who would listen but He will continue calling us to obey.
When He calls, how will be your heart respond?
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