Closing the Chasm

I share this story from an early friend and mentor of mind. John Claypool was one of the greatest story tellers I ever knew. He had a way of turning the very simple into something God given.

Many years ago, I was walking in the farm that has belonged to my father’s family in Kentucky for many generations, and I happened to looked down and I saw this giant anthill. There must have been thousands of these little creatures scurrying back and forth. It was a world unto itself. And as I looked down, I thought to myself, given the capacity of an ant, they have no way of understanding something as big and complex as a human being. If they were aware of me at all, I must have loomed over them as some kind of ominous presence. Then it dawned on me that if I had the power to somehow become an ant and yet take into that new condition as much of the reality of a human being as would be possible – in other words, if I could cross this chasm of otherness from my side – then it would be possible for ants to understand the human in ways that they could never have known before.

As I walked away, I began to realize that the chasm between an ant and a human being, vast as it is, is nothing to compare between the chasm between a human being and this mysterious, divine reality that gives life. And I realized that we are as incapable of understanding God on our own as an ant would be incapable of understanding us.

—-John Claypool

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2 responses to “Closing the Chasm

  1. William Peeples

    Good story. Hope New Year goes well for you and family.

    Wm. “Be kind, love God and neighbor and that’s it” Enjoy your day!

    Sent from my iPhone

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