I’m a medium fan of Aesop’s fables. I find his writing very interesting and his stories very thought-provoking. However, ever since I was just a kid, the “Oak and the Reed” fable has troubled me. Read it below:
The Oak spoke one day to the Reed
“You have good reason to complain;
A Wren for you is a load indeed;
The smallest wind bends you in twain.
You are forced to bend your head;
While my crown faces the plains
And not content to block the sun
Braves the efforts of the rains.
What for you is a North Wind is for me but a zephyr.
Were you to grow within my shade
Which covers the whole neighbourhood
You’d have no reason to be afraid
For I would keep you from the storm.
Instead you usually grow
In places humid, where the winds doth blow.
Nature to thee hath been unkind.”
“Your compassion”, replied the Reed
“Shows a noble character indeed;
But do not worry: the winds for me
Are much less dangerous than for thee;
I bend, not break. You have ’til now
Resisted their great force unbowed,
As he said these very words
A violent angry storm arose.
The tree held strong; the Reed he bent.
The wind redoubled and did not relent,
Until finally it uprooted the poor Oak
Whose head had been in the heavens
And roots among the dead folk.
The moral, of course, was this: “it is better to bend than to break.” It is a very secular theme aimed at Christians today.
Christians are told today that they should “bend” to the world, because it is better than “breaking”! They are told we can conform to the world here and there because if we don’t, the world will reject us and, proverbially speaking, break us. This is a clever lie spread by Satan and his demons. The part that Aesop left out of this story was this:
And the tree nurtured the ground,
Where flowers and beautiful things grew ’round,
And the reed soon died, laid waste by the wind,
The flowers thanked the tree,
And when another tree grew, it did not relent,
It persisted while the reeds ’round him bent.
Not bending to this world will turn out in the long run. Don’t ever doubt God on that, or anything for that matter.