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Friday, 29 January 2021 07:00

Enjoying Summer #4 - More Beach Walk Ponderings

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Here is another story to reflect on during your beach walks (or at any time really).

 Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions. 

Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching.  As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea.  The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning!  May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves, when the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”

 The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”

 The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!” 

adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)

A question to ponder is who is God inviting me to make a difference to and what might be the way of that coming about? Sometimes we can get caught up in thinking that reaching out to others and making a difference is more complicated than it really is. Simple things can have the most profound impact and make a difference to another in a life-transforming way. Perhaps it is worth pondering how God invites you to make a difference to the life of another on this day.

Mel Edwards