TIE UP YOUR CAMEL

A caravan settled for the night and the man tending the camels came to report to the chief.

“Are all the camels tied for the night?” asked the chief

“No, there were not enough ropes for all of the camels so one I left mine untied. But so great is my faith in God that I know he will protect me and my camel.”

The chief looked at the man with great anger and said, “Go and tie up your camel you fool! God cannot be bothered doing what you can do for yourself!”

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Anthony de Mello tells the same story slightly differently:

A disciple came riding on his camel to the tent of his Sufi Master. He dismounted and walked right into the tent, bowed low and said, “So great is my trust in God that I have left my camel outside untied, convinced that God protects the interests of those who love him.”

“Go tie your camel, you fool!” said the Master. “God cannot be bothered doing for you what you are perfectly capable of doing for yourself.”

Source: Prayer of the Frog by Anthony de Mello

PONDER AND CONSIDER

  • “God cannot be bothered doing for you what you are perfectly capable of doing for yourself.”
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Author: philipchircop

I'm a Jesuit from Malta, an artist at heart and madly in love with all things beautiful and soulful: music, painting, sculpture, photography, film, theatre, poetry, good company, good food, good wine and more. I believe that beauty is a wonderful entry into the mystery of the God “whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.” God can be sensed in all things if and when we engage in a long, loving look at the real that surrounds us. I consider myself a seeker with bottomless curiosity, an eternal student of life, exploring fresh and creative ways to proclaim the Good News in the hope of helping fellow pilgrims and seekers to embrace real and radical changes that will lead to conversion and transformation.

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