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Toot and Tumble! (07.22.05--Pride--2 Chronicles 26:16)

Sometimes we just amaze ourselves when it comes to our own ability to work things out. You know, when faced with a troublesome situation, we come up with a problem solution that even we didn’t see coming.

The story is told of two ducks and a frog who lived happily together in a farm pond. The best of friends, the three would amuse themselves and play together in their water hole. When the hot summer days came, however, the pond began to dry up, and soon it was evident they would have to move. This was no problem for the ducks, who could easily fly to another pond. But the frog was stuck. So it was decided that they would put a stick in the bill of each duck that the frog could hang onto with his mouth as they flew to another pond. The plan worked well--so well, in fact, that as they were flying along a farmer looked up in admiration and mused, “Well, isn’t that a clever idea! I wonder who thought of it?” The frog said, “I did...” (Today in the Word, April, 1989, p. 34.)

The Bible is full of the stories of those who “tooted their own horn” and how the “toot” usually led to a “tumble.” When things are going along well and it seems so because of something that “we” accomplished or “figured out,” beware. There’s probably some sort of blow-out on the horizon that we are too blinded by our own self-importance to see.

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