Christianity 201

May 22, 2010

The Gift of Analogy

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You’ve heard the story of the monkey who puts his arm in the vase or urn in order to get the banana that’s inside.   His fist is clenched around the banana, but the clench prevents him from getting his hand out of the neck of the container.

It’s a lose-lose situation.

I shared that with someone this week as an analogy for something else, but today, while doing some yard work, it reminded me of the quotation from Jim Elliot:

He is no fool who gives up that which he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.

It doesn’t fit the analogy.   It implies something better.   A whole bunch of bananas is waiting if you’ll let go of the one.   More than you know what to do with.    Trading the temporary for the permanent.   It’s an offer that you’ll never hunger again.

Elliot’s well-known saying isn’t scripture.   But in the New Testament, Jesus promises a Samaritan woman a kind of “living water” so that she will never be thirsty again.

But first we have to let go of the grip we have on that which will only satisfy us momentarily.