Ellis, an expert on wildlife and conservation, has
written a little book of fables in which he examines
the world around him with a naturalist's eye and
celebrates what he sees with a poet's vision. The
forty-sixth and last fable in the book unfolds in a
little dialogue between the author and his daughter:
“Now that I have read your fables I am disappointed
because you gave no space to the ‘new
“Well, there are many, many things I did not touch
on. As for morality, almost every generation claims a
new morality. It is a vagary.” *
“I'm not quite sure I understand.”
“Consider the climbing vines. Honeysuckle, for
instance, always twines clockwise, to its right.
Jasmine always twines counterclockwise, to its left.
Nothing can make either do otherwise. Yet there is one
twining plant -- Scyphanthus Elegans -- which will
start turning in one direction, making a couple of
loops around its support, and then go back the other
way, reversing itself every couple of loops or so.”
“Well it would seem that is the most interesting way
“Most interesting, perhaps, but not a very tidy
“I still don't get the point.”
“The point is that no matter how vines climb,
whether to the left or to the right, or both ways,
each is always seeking the same thing.”
“And that is?”
so, no matter how each of us “climbs,” whether
to the left or to the right, whether the corporate
ladder or the social ladder, whether to economic
heights or professional plateaus, we are all seeking
the same thing: Light!
That “Light” is God (1 John 1:5).
“gives to all life, breath, and all things.
And He has made from one, every nation
of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has
determined their pre-appointed times and the
boundaries of their dwellings, SO
the Lord, in the
hope that they might grope for Him and find Him,
though He is not far from each one of us; ‘for IN
HIM we live and move and have our being” (Acts
TRUE LIGHT that gives light to every man has come into
the world (Jn 1:9)
of His great love for us, God sent His Light into the
world to save us from sin, from darkness.
Jesus said, "I am the LIGHT of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but
have the LIGHT of LIFE."
Jesus is the LIGHT that reveals the Way to
ETERNAL LIFE with God (John 14:6).
follow Jesus we must: believe
(Acts 16:30-31), turn from sin in repentance
men (Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized
in His name for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38;
Then as we faithfully “WALK in the LIGHT”
of His word, His blood will continue to cleanse us
from sin (1 John 1:7).
Scriptures speak of those who are
“EVER LEARNING" but never
to come to the knowledge of the Truth” (2
has ALWAYS been seeking… Have YOU
found THE Light?
A. Sargent, Minister
Church of Christ at Creekwood
1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
“Vagary” -- an erratic, unpredictable, or
extravagant manifestation, action, or notion
Ellis, M., "Sermons In Stone," Holt,
Rinehart and Winston (Adapted).
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