A couple, visiting in Korea, saw a father and his son working in a rice paddy. The old man guided the heavy plow as the boy pulled it.
“I guess they must be very poor,” the man said to the missionary who was the couple’s guide and interpreter.
“Yes,” replied the missionary. “That’s the family of Chi Nevi. When the church was built, they were eager to give something to it, but they had no money. So they sold their ox and gave the money to the church. So this spring they are pulling the plow themselves since they have no ox.”
After a long silence, the woman said, “That was a real sacrifice.”
The missionary responded, “They do not call it a sacrifice. They are just thankful they had an ox to sell.”
Thanks to Ray Chamberlain for this story and thanks to Jakob Owens for the photo.
What “ox in your life” are YOU willing to part with because YOU have come to realize how thankful YOU are for all YOU have been given?
FROM DARK CLOUDS COME PRECIOUS WATER. FROM DARK MINES COME VALUABLE JEWELS. FROM DARK TRIALS COME GOD’S BEST BLESSINGS!