Weekend Thought by Peter C Avery

EACH time I am asked to write this article, I say to myself “I will write my piece with plenty of time to spare”, and here I am again at the last minute rushing to meet the deadline.

Let me share this story with you and maybe you will get an idea of why.

Two men were in a nursing home. One bed was by the window, and the other by the door. Every day the man in the bed by the door would ask his roommate: “What do you see out there today?”

The man in the bed by the window would say: “Oh, the sun is shining, and it’s a beautiful day. I can see a mother playing with her children by the lake.” His roommate would ask: “What’s on that lake?”

And the man with the view would describe what he saw. “Oh, I believe I can see a little duck ... yes, there it is. There’s a duck.”

He described the view in the summer time, the autumn, the winter, and the spring. Then one day he died.

Now the man by the door had the opportunity to switch beds. So he did. He got his things, made the bed, propped up his pillows, looked outside and saw nothing – nothing but a grey brick wall. From every angle, all he could see was the side of the building next door.

He called the nurse in and asked: “When did that wall go up? It’s spoiling my view.”

She said: “Sir, that wall has always been there.”

The man didn’t say much for a few days, then one day he asked the nurse when he would be getting a new roommate. She told him it would be very soon. “That’s good,” he said. “I can hardly wait for him to come so I can tell him all I see outside our window.”

Every country, every city, every town, every street and every home is full of people, all of whom see the same things before them as they go about their daily lives. But do they all really see the same thing?

Can you remember the story in the Bible about the Good Samaritan?

He was the one who saw a man who had been beaten, robbed and left by the side of the road and was in need of help.

When the priest came along, he saw filthiness and defilement, and the Levite, well he saw trouble and inconvenience. But the Samaritan saw a man in need and helped him.

Same view, different perspective. What do you see around you?