“Two large stones sat on the side of a hill. Grass and flowers grew there. ‘This side of the hill is nice,’ said the first stone. ‘But I wonder what is on the other side of the hill?’ ‘We do not know. We never will,’ said the second stone. One day a bird flew down. ‘Bird, can you tell us what is on the other side of the hill?’ asked the stones. The bird flew up into the sky. He flew high over the hill. He came back and said, ‘I can see towns and castles. I can see mountains and valleys. It is a wonderful sight.’ The first stone said, ‘All of those things are on the other side of the hill.’ ‘How sad,’ said the second stone. ‘We cannot see them. We never will.’ The two stones sat on the side of the hill. They felt sad for one hundred years. One day a mouse walked by. Mouse, can you tell us what is on the other side of the hill?’ asked the stones. The mouse climbed up the hill. He put his nose over the top and looked down. He came back and said, ‘I can see earth and stones. I can see grass and flowers. It is a wonderful sight.’ The first stone said, ‘The bird told us a lie. That side of the hill looks just the same as this side of the hill.’ ‘Oh good!’ said the second stone. ‘We feel happy now. We always will.”
An excerpt from Mouse Soup by Arnold Lovel 1977
I pose these questions to you today…..What lies might you possibly be believing that are robbing you of your happiness? What birds have you listened to….and allowed your peace to be robbed…or your view of God’s love to be misrepresented?
I am the Mouse sent here today to tell you, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” 1 Cor. 10:13
What you are going through IS common to man. The other side of the hill looks exactly like yours. No, it won’t be the exact same circumstances, but it is the same types of transformations going on. As believers, we are all being conformed and transformed by our Father. And, YES, we are all wondering what the other side of the hill looks like….
We all struggle from time to time with unbelief, feeling like God loves others more than us, wanting to give up, wondering why we’re here, wondering if God really loves us, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the hill…. However, it is essential that you know what the Word of God says so you don’t ever forget the 3 parts of His supplied promise:
He is faithful
He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear
He will provide a way out
Believe the best about God today. He believes the best about you. He sent His son to die in your place as His proof. Be happy today in His faithfulness! You are loved!
– “You are what you believe.” Joyce Meyer