Licking the Knife
Eskimos trap wolves for their fur. They make warm and beautiful coats. Here’s how they kill a wolf, Eskimo Style.
Up in the arctic circle there is a tribe of Eskimos who have learned to set a very simple yet effective trap for wolves. First they sharpen a knife razor sharp. Then they dip it in the blood of a seal they have killed. (You see, seals are fairly easy to trap but wolves are very dangerous). After dipping the knife in blood they set it outside in the cold so the blood freezes on the knife. After it freezes (a matter of minutes) they dip it again into the seal blood and again take it out an let the blood freeze. Layer after layer they make a blood popsicle. When they are done, the knife’s blade is hidden inside just like a popsicle stick. Now they take the knife out into the wilderness where they think a wolf might be. There they bury the handle of the knife in the snow leaving the blood popsicle standing up there, then leave. [restrict]
Now after a while a wolf will come along guided by his sense of smell and find the “bloodsicle”. He will being licking it, enjoying every taste. Over and over he licks the knife and soon his tongue is so cold he cannot feel it any longer. It’s numb. But his taste for blood is growing and he is not getting as much as he wants – you see, popsicles are slow eating. Finally his licking exposes the razor sharp edge of the knife. It cuts into his tongue again and again but he does not even notice for his tongue can no longer feel anything. The wolf’s own blood now flows from his cut tongue. The wolf is thrilled, with the blood now more plentiful and warm, he continues to lick more and more.
Soon he notices something is wrong, he is getting weaker not stronger. Since he knows blood as food he increases his efforts to feed on the ever increasing flow of blood. His last thoughts are of how good the now warm blood tastes. Within minutes he licks his last and collapse next to the now fully exposed knife. Here the Eskimo knows he will find the wolf’s body the next morning. The hungry wolf died of exsanguination.
First principle is: A personal relationship with God, will satisfy all our needs. One does not receive divine favors by attempting to doing good works or even be so involved in some church activities for intimacy with God. It’s pretty much like the same thing that happens to a wolf licking on a frozen blade of deception. We are deceived to think we’re doing so good when all along, we’re bleeding to death because we lack intimacy with God.
Second principle of the story is – we are the wolf and materialism is the blood. We need to beware of Eskimos hunting for wolves for furs to make coats to keep themselves warm while you’re bleeding to death. [/restrict]