Friday, January 14, 2011

The Driver is Dead

A smart and active child was playing with a battery-operated toy car. It fell from his hands and stopped working. He took it to his father who was an engineer.
His father opened the car with a screwdriver to examine the trouble. The curious child was watching carefully. Suddenly he cried out in joy, “Daddy, I have found out why it doesn’t work.” He put his tiny fingers into the car’s front seat and took out a dead fly. He declared aloud, “How can it work when the driver is dead?”
Actually, it was a wrong diagnosis. The father had found that the cells had been displaced by the fall. But he enjoyed the child’s innocent comment. Later he repaired it and returned it to the child who resumed his play.
Whenever we encounter a failure or disaster in our life or career, we assign the responsibility to some other person. In some cases, the actual fault may be our own. But we attribute it to others or to ‘ill-fate’.
Failures and negative incidents in life should be seen as part of God’s plans for our ultimate welfare. God has definite and specific plans about every man - plans to bring prosperity and not disaster.

© By Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India and Leo. S. John, Maniparambil, Ooriyakunnath,Kunnumbhagom, Kanjirappally, Kottayam-686507, Kerala, India.
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