It’s an Old Joke

Ok, I’m trying to catch up.  So here’s a little thing I wrote a few years ago.  A lame attempt at humor.  We could use a little humor about now.

It’s an Old Joke

The Short Version
A priest, a rabbi, and a minister went for a walk. They came upon a stream. The rabbi stepped out on the water and walked across. The priest stepped out on the water and walked across. The minister stepped out on the water and promptly fell in. The priest turned to the rabbi and said, “Maybe we should have told him about the rocks.”

The Long Version
A minister was having a crisis of faith. He had had some personal setbacks that had caused him to question his beliefs. He had tried believing in faith, confessing in faith, fasting in faith. Nothing worked. Finally, in desperation, he decided to go on an ecumenical retreat. While he was there he struck up an acquaintance with a priest and a rabbi. Normally he would not associate with people who were not of his theological viewpoint but he was desperate enough to try anything.
One day they went for a walk in the woods. They came upon a stream. They stood there for a while, listening to the music of the water as it tumbled over the rocks. Finally the rabbi stepped out on the water and walked across. Then the priest stepped out and walked across. The minister looked at the priest and the rabbi on the other side. He looked at the water. He looked again at the priest and the rabbi. He looked down at the stream and stepped out. And promptly fell in. He swam across and climbed out on the other side. The priest turned to the rabbi and said, “Maybe we should have told him about the rocks.”
“Rocks?”
“Yes, the rocks we crossed on.”
“Oh, I thought you walked on water. I thought it was just another example of the weakness of my faith.”
The rabbi spoke up. “Not necessarily. It could be, though not in the way you think.”
“So you didn’t walk across on faith then. You walked across on rocks.”
Now the priest spoke. “You could say that. But then somebody had to show us the rocks.”
“Are you saying that God showed you the rocks?”
“Not exactly. You know there are a lot of exciting things to see and do over here on this side. You can see some of them from over there. But you’ll never get over here by just wanting to.  As a matter of fact the wanting to can actually get in the way.”
“How do you mean?”
“You know how it came about that we saw the rocks?”
“No.”
“We stopped long enough to enjoy what we could experience from over there.  Sometimes the wanting to gets in the way of the having. You have to learn to enjoy what you have. The desire to get there obscures the path that God has provided to get you there.”
“There hasn’t been much to enjoy lately on my side of the stream.”
“Ask yourself this. If God decided not to move you out of that hard place, could you live with it? If God was there, and He is, could you find peace there?”
“Boy, I don’t know. I know I should.”
The rabbi took it up. “Sometimes you don’t get to move on till you find contentment where you are.”

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About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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One Response to It’s an Old Joke

  1. Justice Bird says:

    Good joke! I like it and I’ll share it. Thanks!

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