Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Bounteous Blessings

                                A mother and her child were shopping in a large super market. There was a heavy rush of customers as it was a festival season. At the exit, a large bowl full of toffees was placed for the children. A tall and stout gate-keeper was asking the children coming out of the store to have a handful each of the sweet toffees as a special gift for the festival.
                         When the mother and child came out, he politely asked the child to take the gift. But he stood still. The mother compelled him, but he was not willing to take it. Since more children were coming out, the gate-keeper took a handful of sweets from the bowl and put them into their carrier bag. The child was happy. When they were outside, the mother asked the child why he refused to take the toffees himself. He showed her his tiny hands and told innocently, “My hands are small, Mommy; but the gate-keeper’s hands were so large in size. If I collect a handful, it will be too little. But he filled his large hand and gave me all of it. That was much more than what I could have collected using my little hands! I was waiting for him to do it.”
                        The child’s attitude teaches us an important lesson about the abundance of God’s grace being bestowed upon us. What we acquire by our own efforts is too little compared to the infinite gifts of God. If we seek God’s grace, He will shower His gifts on us. God’s hands and mind are infinitely larger than ours. His gifts will be the best and most suitable for us and much more than what we can ask or think of. When we ask Him, God gives generously and graciously to us. His kindness never fails.
© By Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India, Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally and Leo. S. John, ManiparambilOoriyakunnathKunnumbhagomKanjirappally, Kottayam-686507, KeralaIndia.
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