Has your eye ever caught something shiny and you just had to have it? What can we learn from a bedtime story I read to my son last night. I’ve reworded it, as it was more picture than words, but hopefully you will get the point.
By Heather Djunga
Bear and bunny rabbit were two great friends – until one day, they spotted what must’ve been the shiniest thing they had ever seen lying there on the grass of the meadow, catching the sun.
The friends ran to it and Bear, getting their first, picked it up. “What is it?” he asked. Rabbit snatched it from his hand. “Why it’s a picture of me?” she said, feeling quite taken aback by her long-eared reflection in its glossy surface.
“Hey give that!” said Bear, holding it up to see it was in fact a picture of his face. “This is me,” he said. “Can you not see the short, rounded, somewhat fluffy ears?”
“It’s not your face, it’s mine,” said rabbit.
The two friends squabbled so much that eventually they pulled the paper so hard, it tore into two.
Rabbit went off his way and Bear, off his way.
But that evening, they were lonely. Each had their little glossy picture of themselves but not each other.
The next day, they met in the forest and bear was the first to apologise. ‘Sorry too,’said Rabbit soon after.
They held out the shiny paper and noticed that where their pieces met, there on the glossy surface of the joined pieces was a picture of both of them – a picture of friends.
Suddenly, it was just right!
We all want the ‘shiny thing’. In its surface, we see our own glory and significance. When someone else sees their own potential in it, we can start to squabble, until we leave with out own tiny piece of shiny paper – alone.
But if we are wise, we will come back in humility, to put the pieces together and to see, that there in the surface of the shiny paper, is a picture of all of us – together.
Jigsaws can’t be built without all of the pieces coming together in unity and some stories will never read right until everyone humbles themselves and brings forth their piece.
Don’t chase shiny things at the expense of others. Together we can do so much more!
It’s time for the church to stand in unity.
Jesus prayed to His Father in His final hours that we would be one. Do you really think His prayer would go unanswered?