There is a great Aesop’s Fable about strength and gentleness – I have posted it below. I remember the story from when I was in grade school – and was reminded of it once again when in conversation with my husband yesterday. We were talking about those that try to ‘control’ through manipulation and force – and those that accomplish the same thing by ‘letting go’ and ‘releasing’.
God does not use forms of manipulation and ultimatums when dealing with us – He could – but He does not. He chooses gentleness, mercy and grace. We could all take a lesson from this – not try to ‘control’ or be ‘controlling’ with others – it always backfires and never turns out well.
We will win a lost world by our love and willingness to accept, embrace and love others – as Christ loved us.
The North Wind and The Sun
The North Wind boasted of great strength. The Sun argued that there was great power in gentleness.
“We shall have a contest,” said the Sun.
Far below, a man traveled a winding road. He was wearing a warm winter coat.
“As a test of strength,” said the Sun, “Let us see which of us can take the coat off of that man.”
“It will be quite simple for me to force him to remove his coat,” bragged the Wind.
The Wind blew so hard, the birds clung to the trees. The world was filled with dust and leaves. But the harder the wind blew down the road, the tighter the shivering man clung to his coat.
Then, the Sun came out from behind a cloud. Sun warmed the air and the frosty ground. The man on the road unbuttoned his coat.
The sun grew slowly brighter and brighter.
Soon the man felt so hot, he took off his coat and sat down in a shady spot.
“How did you do that?” said the Wind.
“It was easy,” said the Sun, “I lit the day. Through gentleness I got my way.”