This is my parable for young people:
There once was a little squirrel named Brownie who had just finished ehis school for the summer. his mother said:” You may spend the day in the forest, but remember to be back early”.
Brownie had planned his very first deep trip into the forest, and had packed his bag loaded with a full day of nuts, because who knows what he might find?
He had bounced for a time straight into the forest seeing more trees than he had ever seen. Suddenly, he came upon what was surely the biggest tree ever. It stretched upward further than he could even see. He thought there must be more acorns there than the rest of the whole world.
Suddenly, a voice sounded from inside the tree that said;”Brownie, if you can climb to the top, I will give you the best gift you have ever received”. He shook his tail excitedly and was instantly drawn into the climb, so curious as to what the gift might be.
After most of the day struggling upward, his feet and arms aching from the endless pull on his body: his long tail drooping between his churning legs. He breathed a sigh at the very top. “Where is my gift?” he asked of the tree… finding complete silence, he scrambled about only to discover the tree had broken it’s promise. There was no gift.
Sad and disappointed, he decided it was getting late and his mother would be worried. He turned upside down (as squirrels do) for the long trip down. He looked up for just a moment with one last glance outward and was startled by what he saw;
Above the carpet of treetops were grand lakes and plunging waterfalls, high mountains covered with snow, valleys of flowers of every color of the rainbow; not to mention the rainbow itself that arched across the sky into the far lands of possibly even greater wonder. The round yellow sun was fading just behind the horizon. There were thousands of strange animals grazing and wandering about.
Breathless, he started down, jumping from limb to limb as fast as he could, so eager was he to share the gift that he now knew was delivered. As he burst into the gathering of his friends and family, who had just sat down for dinner. He told them excitedly of what he had just seen. They laughed at his account….prepared to forget the whole unbelievable story. John, his little brother, spoke from just behind his mother said in an equally excited voice;
“Yes, but what if it is true?”