Today is the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year and it is the Year of the Snake. Let me start off my blog by wishing you a Blessed Lunar New Year 2013. 我祝大家新年快乐，蛇年大吉，身体健康！
Being a Sunday, we woke up early, took our breakfast together and we set off to church at 8:30am. I am not going to write about what was preached in the sermon this morning taken from Mark 11:27-33. Instead I want to share with you the story told by Pastor Lawrence. The story was told like this…
Once there was a lion that was proud of his supposed mastery of the animal kingdom. So he decided to make certain all of the other animals knew he was the king of the jungle.
He was so confident that he bypassed the smaller animals and went straight to the bear. “Who is the king of the jungle?” the lion asked. The bear trembling, replied, “Why, why, you are, of course, Mr. Lion.” The lion then gave a mighty roar of approval.
Next he asked the tiger, “Who is the king of the jungle?” The tiger quickly replied, “Everyone knows that you are, oh great lion!” Once again, the lion roared with pride.
Next on the list was the elephant. The lion boldly faced the elephant and addressed his question: “Who is the king of the jungle?” The elephant immediately grabbed the lion with his trunk, whirled him around the air four or five times and slammed him into a tree. Then he pounded him onto the ground several times, dunked him in water in a nearby lake, and finally threw him onto the shore.
The lion – beaten, badly bruised and battered – struggled to his feet. He let out a moan of pain, lifted up his head weakly, looked at the elephant with sad and bloody eyes and said, “Look, just because you don’t know the answer, you don’t have to get so mad about it.”
What is the moral of this story? Are there such a lion around you? What can you and me learn from this story?
It seems the lion did not realise the lesson to be learnt from his encounter with the elephant, or he is simply stubborn and refuses to learn from it. What will he faced next? What will his fate be then? The story about this lion continues in my next blog “Intelligence Wins Over Might“.