Cricket & the Elephant on beliefs
30 Apr 2022
A cricket and an elephant met each other at the world's fair in New Orleans in 1984. The cricket, which was born in the spring, lived its short life under a park bench. Meanwhile, the 60 year old-elephant had traveled the world with the circus, had been adorned with richly-colored blankets and had been paraded before Kings and Queens. The two creatures were a bit bored just hanging around, so the elephant told the cricket the story of how he had crossed the ocean in a great ship. When he finished, the cricket said, well, that can't be a true story because this thing you call an ocean doesn't exist. To that, the elephant shook his head back and forth and looked down at the cricket and said, indeed, it does. I have been there. The cricket said, nope. Frustrated, the elephant got up and walked away. An hour later, the two happened to be in each other's company again. The cricket asked the 8,000-pound elephant. Since you are so smart; what do you think is going to happen to us when we die? The elephant thought about it for a second; not sure he wanted to bother with an answer since the cricket probably wouldn't believe him. But decided to answer him anyhow. I think my spirit will rise to a great place where there is plenty of green grass to eat, water to drink, and all my friends and relatives will roam free with me. Then he asked the cricket: Why, what do you believe? The cricket replied with a surprising amount of cheer: I think I will get eaten by one of those black crows up there, in the tree, and my spirit will become one with its spirit and I will be able to fly. The elephant shook its big ears back and forth in disbelief. I guess, if that is what you choose to believe. After pondering over their conversation, the big ole elephant got up and began to walk away, then stopped and looked back at the cricket. I guess we won’t know until it happens. For both of our sakes, I hope we both are right.
I believe in Christ. Based on my experiences, I wish others would believe in Christ as well because I know how it feels to have joy in my life. I know how it feels to have peace in my heart. My life isn’t perfect, but it’s better now with Christ than it has ever been. So, I share that message hoping others can feel that same joy and peace here on earth. But, I fully understand that believing in something you haven’t seen isn’t easy. That said, I have not seen the afterlife but I believe in it. I have an image in my mind of what it will be like, and it may or may not be the same image you have…if you believe in an afterlife. But I wish the best to all of you either way. I wish you truth. I wish you love. I wish you joy. I wish you peace.