This story, by an unknown author, is about a young lad, a blue hummingbird, and a rose.
Once, long ago, there was a young boy who lived in a distant land called Tandow.
He was a cheerful lad with not a care in the world. A special friend had he; a little
blue hummingbird. Now this little boy didn't have a lot of great friends, but the
little bird and the boy were inseparable friends. The boy loved the little hummingbird,
so he built him a home. The bird also loved the boy and would follow him wherever he
would go. As time went by their love grew and grew.
Then one day the young lad met a pretty young girl in school. The girl had long blonde
hair, blue eyes, and a cute little smile. This was about the time of the biggest dance
of the year. All the boy could think about was how he would love to take the girl to the
dance. He gathered his courage all day and at the end of school confronted the girl and
asked her to go with him to the dance.
Now this young girl was very popular and felt she did not want to be seen with the boy
who cared for her so, but she did not want to hurt his feelings and so figured out a
way to avoid saying no or yes. She told the boy if he brought her a red rose she would
allow him to escort her to the dance. This hurt the little boy because he knew that in
the land of Tandow there had never been a red rose. In fact, the only roses in the land of
Tandow were white. On the way home the boy kept mumbling to himself why couldn't
she have asked for a white rose? There were hundreds of them in his front yard.
Feeling sorry for himself the boy didn't even notice his friend the hummingbird fluttering
above him. Now the bird loved him so, that it could tell instantly the boy was troubled. The
bird hovered closer as the boy walked on home. Now the bird knew why the boy was so
troubled. The bird could not rest all the night long, pondering a solution to the boy's problem.
Finally as the sun began to rise the answer to how the bird could help his best friend
entered his mind. The little blue hummingbird flew to a rose bush and searched for a large
rose with a stem bearing thorns directly above it. Now the bird chose a thorn and with all
the power in his wings cast his small body against the sharp thorn. It entered with great pain,
as the teardrops of blood fell upon the white petals of the rose.
Now as the boy was ready for school, as he left the house he saw a red rose, he could
hardly believe it, he ran to the bush and plucked the red rose. In his excitement he
failed to notice the lifeless little body that lay below the bush in a puddle of blood. Happy
as could be, he began with his red rose on his way to school. Before he got there some
other boys playing football in a field called to him and asked him to come and play.
His first thought was, no, he had something more important to do. But they begged him and
said they really needed him to even the teams. He looked at the rose, then them, then back
at the rose. He said to himself. Ah!!! She didn't really want to go with me anyway. Then,
throwing the rose down, the boy went and played football.
You've probably already figured out the allegory, but just in case you haven't:
The boy is each of us.
The hummingbird is Jesus Christ.
The girl is eternal life.
The rose is the atonement.
The football game is the worldly things we sometimes feel are so important.
How about you? Have you ignored the rose, and gone on to play the football game?
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Created on ... August 28, 2010