Down below the surface of a quiet pond lived a little colony of water bugs. They were a happy colony, living far away from the sun. For many months they were very busy, scurrying over the soft mud on the bottom of the pond. They did notice that every once in a while one of their colony seemed to lose interest in going about with his friends.
Clinging to the stem of a pond lily, he gradually moved out of sight and was seen no more.
"Look!" said one of the water bugs to another. "One of our colony is climbing up the lily stalk. Where do you suppose he is going?"
Up, up, up he went slowly. Even as they watched him, the water bug disappeared from sight. His friends waited and waited but he didn't return.
"That's funny!" said one water bug to another.
"Wasn't he happy here?" asked a second water bug.
"Where do you suppose he went?" wondered a third.
No one had a answer. They were greatly puzzled.
Finally one of the water bugs, a leader in the colony, gathered his friends together. "I have an idea. The next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk must promise to come back and tell us where he went and why."
"We promise," they said solemnly.
One spring day, not long after, the very water bug who had suggested the plan found himself climbing up the lily stalk. Up, up, up he went. Before he knew what was happening, he had broken through the surface of the water, and fallen onto the broad, green lily pad above.
When he awoke, he looked about with surprise. He couldn't believe what he saw. A startling change had come to his old body. His movement revealed four silver wings and a long tail. Even as he struggled, he felt an impulse to move his wings. The warmth of the sun dried the moisture from the new body. He moved his wings again and suddenly found himself up above the water. He had become a dragonfly.
Swooping and dipping in great curves, he flew through the air. He felt exhilarated in the new atmosphere. By and by, he lighted happily on a lily pad to rest. Then it was that he chanced to look below to the bottom of the pond. Why, he was right above his old friends, the water bugs! There they were, scurrying about, just as he had been doing some time before.
Then he remembered the promise: "The next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk will come back and tell where he went and why."
Without thinking, he darted down. Suddenly he hit the surface of the water.
"I can't return!" he said in dismay. "At least I tried, but I can't ...
Continue reading this sermon illustration (Free with PRO)
Related Text Illustrations
Contributed by Tim Gibson on Nov 23, 2000
DIFFERENT USE IN HEAVEN A millionaire Christian is sleeping in his bedroom when an angel comes to him and wakes him up. "It’s time for you to go to heaven", says the angel. "Oh, i’m not ready, what should I bring ?", says the millionaire. "Nothing, just yourself", replies ...read more
Contributed by Troy Borst on Jan 16, 2001
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE? 6 out of 10 Americans believe Satan is only a symbol and not real 47 % of Christians believe the same thing 1 out of 4 Christians believe it doesn’t matter what religion you are because all of them are the same and they all lead to God 31% of Christians believe Heaven ...read more
Contributed by Rich Young on Jan 18, 2001
Pete and Tony were great baseball fans. They were talking about baseball one day & Pete says, “I wonder if there is baseball in heaven.” Tony replies, “I don’t know.” Soon after, Tony dies. One day he calls Pete from heaven and ...read more
Contributed by David Dewitt on Jan 11, 2001
What Must it Be Like? What must it be like to step on shore, and find it - heaven; To take hold of a hand, and find it - God’s To breathe new air, and find it - celestial; To feel invigorated, and find it - immortality; To rise from the care, ...read more
Contributed by Melvin Newland on Feb 23, 2001
John Tillotson said, "He who provides for this life, but does not take care for eternity, is wise ...read more