The Parable of the Willful Stones

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The kingdom of God
is like a house which a man began to build.
He had very good blueprints of an excellent plan.
He poured a foundation and started placing choice stones
on the foundation where his plan called for them to be.

As the house started to take shape,
some of the stones became dissatisfied with
the positions in which the master builder had placed them.
They began to shift themselves into new positions,
according to their own ideas of how the house should be built.
Many of them dragged other stones
with them into their new positions.

Soon, instead of one perfect house,
there were many smaller,
unevenly spaced houses which more
closely resembled mere piles of rocks.
Some of the new piles were not even
on the foundation at all;
instead they called to the others to be
more open minded about their positioning.
The other piles adamantly insisted that
each of them was more closely aligned
with the master builder’s original plan,
and that all who were not joined with them
were not part of the same building.

When the man saw these stones
had aligned themselves differently,
he took hold of them and pulled on them
to move them back in line with his blueprints.po
Each stone he touched steadfastly refused to be moved.
Though he pushed and pulled and worked very hard,
those stones were convinced that they
had come up with a much better design.

At last, he grasped a rod of iron which he kept nearby
and smashed the recalcitrant stones into powder.
The powder was then cleared away and
mixed with the cement which was to fill
in the cracks between the newer stones
which the builder brought to replace them.

Have to ask myself (and you …)
how often am I like the stones
that are sure they have a better
plan than the master builder?
Does God have to use an iron rod (or a 2×4!) to get my attention?
Do you see yourself, who are you, in this parable?


[PHOTO: by Simoun on photobucket]


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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One Response to The Parable of the Willful Stones

  1. Denise says:

    We all seem to think we know better than the Master. Something to think about!

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