Monday, August 15, 2005

The Ant and the Contact Lens

My aunt Dale sent me this forward, and I just finally got around to reading it. It's quite a coincidence how fitting it is after the morning I had!
My friend Stacie swears that when our husbands are gone, Murphy's Law ("If anything can go wrong, it will") goes into effect. Well, we've been trying to sell our 2nd car, which is Bryan's, before he deploys. It's been officially on sale for about a month. Nobody inquired about it until the day Bryan left. Then 3 days later somone offered to buy it. The catch here is that a car must be inspected before it can be sold. This car is a stick and of course I can't drive one so it's a little bit of a hassle to get it to the inspection place.
Stacie was kind enough to drive the car to the inspection place for me. We cut the car off while we waited and when it was our turn, the car wouldn't crank back up! We couldn't get any help and it was just us 2 girls standing there with no car knowledge trying to figure out what to do. (It wasn't the battery by the way.) Maybe about half an hour later, the car finally decided to crank back up. I got it inspected and there are 4 different things that now have to be fixed on the car before I can sell it! SO, I have to get the car that I'm incapable of driving fixed, and then inspected again BEFORE I can sell it! I'm a little frustrated and unsure about how to get all of this accomplished, but the I know it will all work out!

Without further ado, here's the true story of The Ant and The Contact Lens:

Brenda was almost halfway to the top of the tremendous granite cliff. She was standing on a ledge where she was taking a breather during this, her first rock climb. As she rested there, the safety rope snapped against her eye and knocked out her contact lens. "Great", she thought. "Here I am on a rock ledge, hundreds of feet from the bottom and hundreds of feet to the top of this cliff, and now my sight is blurry." She looked and looked, hoping that somehow it had landed on the ledge. But it just wasn't there. She felt the panic rising in her, so she began praying. She prayed for calm, and she prayed that she may find her contact lens.
When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but it was not to be found. Although she was calm how that she was at the top, she was saddened because she could not clearly see across the range of mountains. She thought of the bible verse "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth." She thought, "Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me."
Later, when they had hiked down the trail to the bottom of the cliff they met another party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out, "Hey, you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?" Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across a twig on the face of the rock, carrying it!
The story doesn't end there. Brenda's father is a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a cartoon of an ant lugging that contact lens with the caption, "Lord, I don't know why You want me to carry this thing. I can't eat it, and it's awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I'll carry it for You."
I think it would do all of us some good to say, "God, I don't know why You want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it's awfully heavy. But, if You want me to carry it, I will."

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