An anecdote about life and choices…
It’s a story about a pregnant deer that is about to give birth. She finds a remote grass field near a strong-flowing river which seems a safe place. Suddenly labour pains begin.
At the same moment, dark clouds gather above and lightning starts a forest fire. She looks to her left and sees a hunter with his bow extended pointing at her.
To her right, she spots a hungry lion approaching her.
What can the pregnant deer do? She is in labour! So many questions arise…
What will happen?
Will the deer survive?
Will she give birth to a fawn?
Will the fawn survive?
Will everything be burnt by the forest fire?
Will she perish to the hunters’ arrow?
Or will she die a horrible death at the hands of the hungry lion approaching her?
She is constrained by the fire on the one side; the flowing river on the other; and even worse boxed in by her natural predators.
What does the deer do? ~~She just focuses on giving birth to a new life!
The sequence of events that follows in the story are…
– Lightning strikes & blinds the hunter.
– He releases the arrow which zips past the deer and strikes the hungry lion.
– It starts to rain heavily, & the forest fire is slowly doused by the rain.
– The deer gives birth to a healthy fawn.
So too in our life, there are moments when we are confronted on αll sides with seemingly negative possibilities. Some thoughts are so powerful that they threaten to overwhelm us. Perhaps there is a lesson we too can learn from the deer. The priority of the deer, in that given moment, was simply to give birth to a baby. The rest was not in her hands and any action or reaction that changed her focus would have likely resulted in death or disaster.
In the midst of life’s storms one needs to constantly focus on the immediate task that needs to be done. Even more important you have to keep the faith and never lose hope. Somewhere in moments of despair are changes one must accept with faith and strength of character. It is one of the lessons-learnt-in-life…
“His Will never puts you in a place where His Grace cannot protect you.”