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When It Seems Hopeless...

Sunday, January 03, 2010

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway, so it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They each grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.

At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw.

With every shovel full of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone.

We can get out of the deepest wells by not stopping, never giving up! Shake the dirt off and take a step up!

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Unknown said...

Love this story. Do you know who wrote it??? I would like to use it in my church newsletter..

Sending you a hug....

Kelly L said...

love love love this story.

thank you for sharing it.

Love to you.

Kathryn Lang said...

It would be nice if we could push life into a pretty little box, but would it really be as interesting if we packed it up that way?

Thanks for this reminder that the difference between being buried in a well and trotting off in triumph is often a little attitude.