The Stone Cutter
—-There was once a stonecutter who was dissatisfied with himself and with his position in life.
One day he passed a wealthy merchant’s house. Through the open gateway, he saw many fine possessions and important visitors. “How powerful that merchant must be!” thought the stonecutter. He became very envious and wished that he could be like the merchant.
To his great surprise, he suddenly became the merchant, enjoying more luxuries and power than he had ever imagined, but envied and detested by those less wealthy than himself. Soon a high official passed by, carried in a sedan chair, accompanied by attendants and escorted by soldiers beating gongs. Everyone, no matter how wealthy, had to bow low before the procession. “How powerful that official is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be a high official!”
Then he became the high official, carried everywhere in his embroidered sedan chair, feared and hated by the people all around. It was a hot summer day, so the official felt very uncomfortable in the sticky sedan chair. He looked up at the sun. It shone proudly in the sky, unaffected by his presence. “How powerful the sun is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be the sun!”
Then he became the cloud, flooding the fields and villages, shouted at by everyone. But soon he found that he was being pushed away by some great force, and realized that it was the wind. “How powerful it is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be the wind!”
Then he became the wind, blowing tiles off the roofs of houses, uprooting trees, feared and hated by all below him. But after a while, he ran up against something that would not move, no matter how forcefully he blew against it – a huge, towering rock. “How powerful that rock is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be a rock!
Then he became the rock, more powerful than anything else on earth. But as he stood there, he heard the sound of a hammer pounding a chisel into the hard surface, and felt himself being changed. “What could be more powerful than I, the rock?” he thought.
He looked down and saw far below him the figure of a stonecutter.”—-
People usually read The Stonecutter’s Fable and think, “be careful what you wish for.” I don’t interpret it that way…I have always taken it to mean: you never realize how important you are, or God’s purpose for you, until later when you’re looking back. The stonecutter kept trying to become more important and more powerful every time he thought he wasn’t as good as something else. In the end, he learned that he had been more powerful than even a mountain. If the stonecutter had bided his time, he would have understood that God’s purpose for him had not yet been achieved. He never gave himself the chance to reach the true potential that God had originally chosen for him. Never doubt yourself or your path…God has chosen this for you; He made you who you are. You may not feel as powerful as the sun or as mighty as a mountain, but look at it from His perspective…He gave you the ability to block the powerful rays from the sun; what’s more important, He gave you the ability to climb that mighty mountain. He will also give you the ability to be who He wants you to be.
VERSES for further reflection:
Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.”
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.