Text: Joonas Majuri
Translation: Sirkka-Liisa Leinonen
”The wind gathered its strength and blew even harder. The trees bent down and the water surged and boiled, but the traveler just wrapped his cloak more tightly around him.” This is an extract from a fairy tale titled The sun and the wind, which was written by Aesop more than 2500 years ago.
I remember from my childhood this simple but deeply meaningful story about the battle between the sun and the wind. The two quarreled about how to make a man walking on the road take off his cloak. Whichever would manage that first was to be the winner.
Why do I consider this ancient story significant, and why would I want to quote it for a Päivämies blog?
Aesop was a Greek writer, who lived about 600 years BCE. The Old Testament prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel also lived around that time.
The wind in the story did not manage to strip the man of his cloak, but guess what happened when the sun entered the game.
”It cast its warm rays on the traveler and allowed its gentle warmth cherish him.” And the man took off his cloak quite voluntarily, without any harshness or severity.
The sun and the wind are sometimes appropriate symbols of our emotions or even our personal interactions. Warm caring, genuine kindness, and willingness to acknowledge and appreciate the other person bear far better fruit than coolness and harshness.
And the same is true of myself. If I choose to approach myself with a merciful and compassionate attitude, miracles may happen. I warmly recommend that you try this in a suitable situation.
I guess there are not many travelers who do not enjoy a sunny day after the long and dark winter. I enjoyed such a long-awaited experience when I recently walked across a frozen lake after my workday. The brilliant whiteness of the snow and the rosy hues of the sunset were like a living work of art that was more beautiful than words could describe.
We especially remember the warm rays of the springtime sun when approaching the light and glory of the Easter morning.
The Lord and King of Easter is like a combination of the sun and the wind. Thousands of years ago already, the prophets marveled at His victorious progress: “Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson? Who is this, robed in splendor, striding forward in the greatness of his strength? “It is I, proclaiming victory, mighty to save.” (Isa. 63:1.)
As we sail on the seas of the world, we will experience sunshine but sometimes also strong headwinds, even storms. But there are also tailwinds to help us. The most important thing is to travel in a boat heading in the right direction whose rudder is in good hands.
Aesop’s tale ends in a reconciliation between the wind and the sun. ”And ever since that day, peace prevailed in the sky, because the sun and the wind had learnt to live in harmony with each other.”
Helmikuussa tuli kuluneeksi 90 vuotta siitä, kun SRK julkaisi ensimmäisen varsinaisen Lasten Siioni -lehden numeron. Sen näytelehti oli ilmestynyt edellisen vuoden loppupuolella. Tarvitaanko kristillistä lastenlehteä edelleen, ja mikä sen merkitys on?
Kirjoittajat eri puolilta maailmaa kertovat siitä, kuinka Jumala on johdattanut heidät valtakuntaansa. Kertomuksia yhdistää kokemus kotiinpaluusta, Raamatun mukaisen uskon löytymisestä ja uskovaisten välisestä rakkaudesta.
SRK:n vuosikirja 2020 kuvaa monipuolisesti aikamme ilmiöitä ja osallisuuden tuomaa siunausta. Se muistuttaa, että Jumala pitää omistaan huolen myös monien uhkakuvien maailmassa.