7.24.2009

The Wood Cutter

STORY OF THE WOOD CUTTER

ONCE UPON A TIME , THERE LIVED A MAN WHO SURVIVED BY CUTTING WOOD FOR PEOPLE. THIS MAN WENT FROM PLACE TO PLACE TO CUT WOOD FOR PEOPLE. WHILE CUTTING THE WOOD, WHENEVER HE LIFTED THE AXE TO CUT THE WOOD, HE CALLED THE NAME OF ADAM. SO ONE DAY, A RICH MAN WATCHED HIM AS HE CUT THE WOOD AND HE (WOOD CUTTER ) KEPT CALLING THE NAME OF ADAM. AND SO THE RICH MAN DECIDED TO ASK THE WOOD CUTTER WHY HE CALLED THE NAME OF ADAM WHENEVER HE LIFTED THE AXE TO CUT THE WOOD? THE WOOD CUTTER RESPONDED BY SAYING, “ HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE SINS OF ADAM, I WOULD NOT BE CUTTING WOOD, I WOULD NOT BE SUFFERING, I WOULD NOT BE GOING THROUGH ALL THIS HARD TIMES". SO THE RICH MAN DECIDED THAT THE WOOD CUTTER SHOULD MOVE INTO HIS HOUSE. THE WOOD CUTTER MOVE IN AND EVERYTHING WAS FINE WITH HIM. THE WOOD CUTTER HAD ACCESS TO EVERYTHING THE RICH MAN HAD, EXCEPT FOR A LITTLE BOX WHICH WAS ON THE DINING ROOM'S TABLE WHICH HE WAS TOLD NOT TO OPEN. ONE DAY THE RICH MAN TOOK A VACATION. EVERY EVENING WHEN THE POOR MAN SAT DOWN TO EAT HE WAS TEMPTED TO OPEN THE BOX. FINALLY THE TEMPTATION OVERTOOK HIM AND HE OPENED THE BOX. WHEN HE OPENED THE BOX A LITTLE MOUSE JUMPED OUT AND RAN AWAY. WHEN THE RICH MAN RETURNED HE FOUND OUT THAT THE WOOD CUTTER DISOBEYED HIS SIMPLE ORDER,"DO NOT OPEN THE BOX". THE WOOD CUTTER WAS ASKED TO LEAVE THE RICH MANS HOUSE AND NO LONGER HAD ACCESS TO ALL THE RICH MAN OWNED. THE WOOD CUTTER LEFT AND WENT BACK TO CUT WOOD IN ORDER TO SURVIVE. THIS TIME WHENEVER HE LIFTED THE AXE, HE CALLED HIS OWN NAME AND SAID "I AM THE CAUSE OF MY SUFFERINGS AND NOT ADAM". "I DID THIS TO MYSELF AND NOT ANYONE ELSE". AND SO THE NAME OF ADAM WAS NOT CALLED BY THE WOOD CUTTER AGAIN.


This story was told by Shad Flumo in one of our weekly meetings. It is a funny Liberian tale that has a great message! Shad is known for these stories and they are always very entertaining! I hope you enjoyed it :-)

2 comments:

Penny said...

Thank you for the reminder! None of us are good, no not one. Have a blessed and relaxing Sunday.

Diane said...

Thanks for sharing this! I think I'll go back to calling out my name now! I want to plan a dinner in the next couple of weeks. Is there a day that works for you? We will be so sad to see you all go, but excited to see what the Lord is going to do with your family in Liberia!