Donkey in the Well

donkeyOne day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well.

The animal cried 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; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed shovels and began to put dirt into the well.

At first, the donkey didn’t realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel ­of dirt that hit his back, the donkey did 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 happily trotted off..!!!

(What a metaphor for life – to shake off the dirt that holds us down and rise above it!)

August 12, 2016