Grains. They teach us two valuable lessons about life.
1. The Power of Unity– one grain of sand or one grain of mustard seed cannot survive on its own, it will be lost forever, completely overwhelmed and overshadowed by the elements of space. But in unity with its brothers, it becomes a powerful tool in the hands of humans or even Mother Nature. Adding some salt to our foods makes our meals appealing and appetising to the palettes; also, who can imagine a beautiful wedding cake without sugar. On the other hand, excess amounts of salt has been linked to heart diseases.
My Point: we can achieve great things when we work with one mind, one purpose and one vision, when we are united with one another. This reiterates the concept we see in the story of the people of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). If God didn’t intervene, that project would have ranked as one of man’s best creation that changed the course of history. When we forget our differences, our personal opinions and dispositions, our overestimated egos; when we forgive others of their faults, weaknesses and idiosyncrasies knowing we are also prone to same, the sky would be no more the limit but the starting point to what we can imagine, create and achieve together.
2. Our Need For Each Other– a single grain is absolutely inconsequential and extremely infinitesimal but a sea of sand on the beach becomes a summer tan bed. A grain of rice will hardly pass for dinner neither will a grain of coffee make a soothing hot drink on a cold winter night.
My Point: we need support from one another to function and survive. We need the support of each other to fulfil our destiny, purpose and to live a fulfilled life. We are inter-linked with each other and most times we are at our best when we come together. How true the statement, “It’s a small closely-knitted world”.
Take the home for instance- you have the parents, the children, the landlords, the electricians, the builders, the GPs, the repair/handyman, the grocery store, the energy providers, the church, the water providers, the internet providers, furniture shop, the clothes shop, etc etc. All these need each other to survive. Think of the school system, the hospital system, the government, and so on, we all need each other. We cannot survive alone, no matter how we try to function alone; hence, the sooner we realise we need each other, the better for us, for our communities, for our society and for our world.
Oh grainy grains, what great teachers you lot are, if only we can listen and learn.
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