The Aha Strut

     STERILE had been unproductive and melancholy since the day that DESIRE, his best friend left him. He had not always been STERILE; INTREPID was his given name, but without DESIRE in his life, his name was lost as well as his ambition and that is how he became STERILE.

     Time passed with him sinking deeper and deeper into depression, and how he could get DESIRE back, he didn’t know. When he was a little child, he often wished on a star, but he no longer had faith that his wishes could come true.

     A butterfly suddenly landed on his nose. “What is wrong with you?” she inquired sternly with a look that said: ‘You’d better do something!’ I am a witness that you can change- that your dreams can come true.” She fluttered and whirled all around his head and winked at him. “A wink will do it” she proclaimed and then winged her way upward toward the heavens where she lived.

    “A wink?……How could a wink make a difference?” STERILE muttered to himself.

     ESTELLE, an ant near-by whose name meant INFINITE POTENTIAL, heard him muttering. “I am a witness, too,” ESTELLE announced. “Don’t you know that though I am little, I am known as being exceedingly wise because I prepare for the future. I gather my food in the summer, not in the winter when it’s too late. Why are you milling around? Get ready for what is to come INTREPID. Get ready by doing the will of our Father,” she instructed with penetrating power in her words. “I was put on earth for you to know the way. Will you learn by my example INTREPID?”

     “Oh my!” he cried, startled and joyful that Estelle called him INTREPID. “Thank you, thank you!” he ecstatically responded as she scurried away about her business.

     “Estelle called me INTREPID and so did the butterfly. I haven’t been called by my real name since my mother died,” he spoke to himself in wonder. INTREPID could feel his mother’s faith and love begin to come alive again in his heart. “Of course,” he exclaimed. “A wink of faith is my answer!”

     So, he tried to wink, but instead of a wink, his eyelid shut down and wouldn’t open again. “What good is it to know the way if I can’t walk in it?” he lamented. What he didn’t know was that because his true name was being called again, he would surely become it. 

     A little bluebird named REMEMBER came out of nowhere and happily chirped in his ear: “Don’t you remember the story about JACOB being renamed ISRAEL, but for a while was still called JACOB? His name ISRAEL was realized when he became an overcomer. You dear INTREPID, are an overcomer even though you don’t believe it yet.”

     REMEMBER did a little happy strut on INTREPID’S shoulder. “Aha, aha,” he exclaimed cheerfully. “I’m doing the AHA STRUT and I want you to take careful notice: When you say “Aha”, you are like our Father who laughs because He knows the outcome of what He has created shall be good; “ALL things work for the good for those who love God and are the called according to His purpose”: That’s you INTREPID! You love God, don’t you? Of course, you do, so come learn to strut your stuff like me. Yes, come do the AHA STRUT.”

     INTREPID couldn’t contain himself. “Aha, aha, aha!” he shouted. His eyelid no longer remained shut and his feet automatically came in line with his words. It was like he was born to do the AHA STRUT. 

     At that moment, movement began all over the earth. It trembled in excitement for it knew that it was coming into change. The world too, would become GLORY when the dance of the AHA STRUT was learned by all.

     Can you with listening hearts hear the trumpet’s message sounding now? “Behold: THE LIGHT BRIGADE is on the horizon” ….and look who’s leading them: audacious, bold, lion-hearted, and spunky INTREPID!!  

So, what can we say now, but……… “AHA!”

Categories: Allegories

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