Wonder and the Owl

The gentle wind gave a light sway to the trees in the forest. The little worm who worked hard to climb onto a branch was shaking as he looked up into the eyes of the great white owl. His new little green vest, a symbol of his heritage and coming of age, made him look like a small branch shaking in the wind.

With fear and trepidation, he continued, “And, then I landed next to a great mysterious book. The pages were open and I understood its words.”

The wise owl gave a curious look down at the little worm. “What did you say your name was?”

“Willy, sir,” said the shaky voice.

“Curious,” the great owl pondered. “Now that you know the mysteries of the great book, what will you do with the wisdom you’ve gained?”

“The book tells me to proclaim its mysteries to my friends and neighbors,” Willy responded with certainty.

“That would be a wonder to see, and how are you to go about doing such?” asked the owl.

“I’m supposed to be like a light on a hill for all to see.”

“Hmm, a measly worm like you?”

“I assure you, that is part of the mystery,” explained little Willy.

“Indeed it is,” pondered the owl. “You were certainly chosen for such a time as this.”

“The book talked about the fullness of time.”

“I’m sure it did,” grinned the wise owl. “Today, most creatures great and small are tolerant of anything that their friends do, as long as it doesn’t negatively impact them. But, the great book of wisdom suggests that there is a right way to live that adds to life abundantly.”

“Some will ridicule me as I share the truth.”

“They will.”

“Others will find a greater life in caring for others,” cheered Willy.

“You have indeed read the book of wisdom, but how will you know those who want to hear and those who don’t?”

“The more time I spend reading the great words, the more I’m compelled to share the great news. With every understanding, I feel like I’m flying and have to tell someone the great mysteries as they unfold.”

“Even now your enthusiasm for sharing these great truths has engulfed you in wonder,” declared the owl.

Willy looked down at himself and realized that a totally righteous red, white and blue outfit befitting a child of a King had replaced his little green vest. He looked back eye-to-eye at the great white owl and smiled.

“It appears that meditating on the words of wisdom made you into a true wonder,” the owl said as he nodded toward the ground.

Willy glanced down and realized that he was flying. The words of the great book immediately flashed in his mind:

“They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

“You have been given an awesome responsibility to spread the words of wisdom to all who will listen,” proclaimed the great owl. “Going forth, you shall be named Wonder Worm, for your life will testify to the words you will share.”

Wonder looked directly into the eyes of the great owl without a single part of him shaking. “I shall encourage everyone I meet to read from the great book of wisdom, so they too can have an abundant life.”

The wise owl smiled, then nodded for him to take flight.

Wonder Worm lifted his arm high over his head with a heart of praise and raised up high into the sky to look for the first person he could help.

Copyright © 1979 and 2011 By CJ Powers

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