A Guest Post from a Father

August 25, 2010 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

God’s wisdom found in a baby jar!

Your Poppa

Words from a very proud Dad.

1 Cor 1:27 ————-
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

God’s wisdom is nothing like human wisdom. Human wisdom is always rooted in selfish motive. Divine wisdom always brings God the Glory. It amazes me to watch my son glorify our Father the way he is—but what is even more amazing is that He obeyed God when he said to use a “pickel jar”.

My Dad always taught me there is a difference between being cleaver and wise. He always taught me to seek divine wisdom.

At first Divine wisdom doesn’t seem to make sense to the human mind, but in the end it brings our Father Glory and brings forth much fruit.

So I thought I would share this incredible story with you!

The Tale of two pebbles

Many years ago in a small Indian village, a farmer had
the misfortune of  owing a large sum of money to a village
moneylender. The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied
the farmer’s beautiful daughter. So he proposed a bargain.
He said he would forgo the farmer’s debt if he could
marry his daughter.  Both the farmer and his daughter were
horrified by the proposal. So the cunning money-lender
suggested that they let providence decide the matter.
He told them that he would put a black pebble and a white
pebble into an empty money bag. Then the girl would have to
pick one pebble from the bag.

1) If she picked the black pebble, she would become his
wife and her father’s debt would be forgiven.

2) I f she picked the white pebble she need not marry him
and her father’s debt would still be forgiven.

3) If she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be
thrown into jail.

They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the
farmer’s field. As they talked, the moneylender bent
over to pick up two pebbles. As he picked them up, the
sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black
pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the
girl to pick a pebble from the bag.

Now, imagine that you were standing in the field. What
would you have done if you were the girl? If you had to
advise her, what would you have told her?

Careful analysis would produce three possibilities:

1. The girl should refuse to take a pebble.
2. The girl should show that there were two black pebbles
in the bag and expose the money-lender as a cheat.
3. The girl should pick a black pebble and sacrifice
herself in order to save her father from his debt and

Take a moment to ponder over the story. The above story
is used with the hope that it will make us appreciate the
difference between lateral and logical thinking. The
girl’s dilemma cannot be solved with traditional
logical thinking. Think of the consequences if she chooses
the above logical answers.

What would you recommend to the Girl to do?

Well, here is what she did …

She looked towards heaven and asked God for wisdom,
She then put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a
pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall
onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became
lost among all the other pebbles.

‘Oh, how clumsy of me,’ she said. ‘But never
mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left,
you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.’

Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed
that she had picked the white one. And since the
money-lender dared not admit his dishonesty, the girl
changed what seemed an impossible situation into an
extremely advantageous one.


Most complex problems do have a solution. The problem is we often seek human wisdom rather than divine. So, start your day with this thought provoking story and have a fruitful day.

Ask  the Holy Spirit for Wisdom and to fill your mind with positive thoughts and sound decisions so that you too can be used by God, like my son, in the most unusual ways.

Love from a very proud father. XX


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