The Ant and the Contact Lens

Author Unknown

Brenda was a young woman who was invited to go rock climbing. Although she was scared
to death, she went with her group to a tremendous granite cliff. In spite of her fear,
she put on the gear, took a hold on the rope, and started up the face of that rock.
Well, she got to a ledge where she could take a breather. As she was hanging on there,
the safety rope snapped against Brenda's eye and knocked out her contact lens. Well,
here she is on a rock ledge, with hundreds of feet below her and hundreds of feet above
her. Of course, she looked and looked and looked, hoping it had landed on the ledge,
but it just wasn't there. Here she was, far from home, her sight now blurry. She was
desperate and began to get upset, so she prayed to the Lord to help her to find it.
When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens,
but there was no contact lens to be found. She sat down, despondent, with the rest
of the party, waiting for the rest of them to make it up the face of the cliff.
She looked out across range after range of mountains, thinking of that Bible verse
that says, "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth." She
thought, "Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You
know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me." Finally, they walked down
the trail to the bottom. At the bottom there was a new party of climbers just starting
up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out, "Hey, you guys! Anybody lost a contact
lens?" Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant
was moving slowly across the face of the rock, carrying it. Brenda told me that her father
is a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the
contact lens, he drew a picture of an ant lugging that contact lens with the words,
"Lord, I don't know why You want me to carry this thing. I can't eat it, and it's awfully
heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I'll carry it for You." I think it would
probably do some of us good to occasionally say, "God, I don't know why you want me to
carry this load. I can see no good in it and it's awfully heavy. But if you want me to
carry it, I will." God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.


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