By Patrick Hawthorne
Ok, I admit it…I am a nerd at heart. From the moment I discovered Aesop’s Fables, I was hooked. I enjoy reading short stories with underlying moral and ethical content. One day I asked myself, “Self? Can you write a fable with underlying Biblical content?” Of course, I answered myself and said, “Sure I can… I think.” Well, anyways, one day I sat down and wrote quite a few. Here is one of them. Let me know if I need to stick with my day job.
The Foolish Beaver Brother
The two beaver brothers set out to build a new home for themselves and their families. The wise beaver brother said, “Let us go to the Carpenter Beaver so that we may learn the proper way to build our homes so that they will withstand the fury of nature’s storms, wind, and cold.” The foolish beaver brother quickly dismissed his brother’s suggestion. “Why, the Carpenter Beaver is nothing but an old fool with outdated ways. Anyone with any sense can build a home.”
Unable to resolve their dispute, the two beaver brothers parted ways. The wise beaver brother received blue prints from Carpenter Beaver on how to build a home that could withstand the forces of nature. The foolish beaver brother relied on his intellect alone refusing all help.
Months after both beaver brothers had finished their homes, a violent storm arose. With pelting rain and violent winds, the house of the foolish beaver brother was soon destroyed. Barely escaping deaths hand, the foolish Beaver Brother, with family in tow, made his way to his brother’s house which was still standing strong despite the severity of the storm. “Lowering his head in shame the foolish Beaver Brother cried, “I should have listened, but I foolishly thought I knew more than Carpenter Beaver.”
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. (Proverb 16:25 NKJV)