I pray that this story will inspire the young and the old.
One certain sunny day, a hedgehog was moving along. Soon he came to the edge of a ledge and stopped. He looked down, then he looked up.
He saw trees and leaves miles away, all around him. He saw mountains and hills on the horizon. He saw a river below. He wanted to live in the forest in front of him. He thought that it would be better than the woods in which he lived.
Suddenly, a large bird landed near him, singing, “Hee, hee, hee, little hedgehog. If you want down, you must jump.” The bird teased the little creature.
“I would, kind sir. But I would be doomed to die, if I should jump.” The Hedgehog answered, knowingly.
“He, he! Who told you that.” Mocked the big bird.”I jump off this ledge everyday. I am not doomed to die. Great things await. Just you follow me!” With that, the large bird jumped and flew to the trees beyond, with great enjoyment.
The Hedgehog crept closer to the edge. It did look fun. Suddenly, a tortoise came near. “Come away from the edge, my friend.” The tortoise addressed him.
The Hedgehog came away from the edge, but the idea of jumping was still in his mind. “You must not listen to those who can fly, for they shall soon find themselves in nets. You were made to live in this safe forest, my hedgehog friend. Down there, you will be doomed to die. Even if you could jump safely and land. Many dangers await you down there. Be content, my friend. Here, is your home.”
After the tortoise had left, the little hedgehog went up to the edge of the ledge. Just then, he hear his hedgehog friends calling for him. “This is my home.” said the Hedgehog, and there he lived happily ever after.
” Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for He hath said,’ I will never leave you nor forsake you.'” ~Hebrews 13:5
Thoughts~ How many times in our lives are we on the edge of the ledge? How many times do we struggle with contentment. This story could have ended with a hedgehog splat at the bottom of the ledge. But thankfully, this story ended happily. How will our story end?
“But holiness with contentment is great gain.” ~1 Timothy 6:6
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