DayBreaks for 10/16/13 – The Fly and the Moth
Revelation 3:8 (NIV) I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
We all do it all the time. The door of heaven’s House of Bread, the ultimate pastry palace, is standing open. But we keep trying to break in the back door of the local bakery.
A parable by a well-known rabbi tells the story of a moth and a fly. One day a moth and a fly were together near a window. The moth sat comfortably on the side peering out, watching as the fly relentlessly and persistently flew up and around and straight into the window. The stunned fly would fall, then get up and try again. On and on the fly tried to find a way through the window, and each time failed.
Finally, the moth said, “Fly, why are you doing that? Can’t you see by now that it’s not working? Right over there is another window that’s open. Why don’t you just go over and fly to freedom through the open window?” “No,” said the fly. “If I just try hard enough, I’ll find the way out here.” So on and on the fly persisted, circling the closed window and slamming its body into it.
The moth became more and more certain the fly was out of its mind when the solution was so simple. Soon nighttime came. The fly lay exhausted on the window sill, while the moth just shook its head. Just then, a light came on near the ceiling of the room, illuminating an open door at the other side of the room. Without thinking, the moth flew up straight toward the light, fizzled in the heat and fell dead to the floor.
Why do we try so hard to do the things that thwart and harm us, when God opens doors and windows for us if only we had the faith to enter? Yet, we persist to our own harm and pain.
Perhaps if you are in pain today or if you are worn out it may be because you’ve been trying to open the door yourself, trying to choose your own way instead of looking for the door He has set before you. Consider it. Pray over it – but only if you are willing to walk through the door He has already set in front of you. That door will be open!
PRAYER: Jesus, we are not, at times, any wiser than the fly or the moth in this story. We want to open the door that we think will lead us to where WE want to go, instead of the door YOU want us to enter! Help us come to our senses and stop beating ourselves senseless! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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