Go Higher

“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”
Oprah Winfrey

Venomous snakes were being ferried from Africa to Europe in a plane. Unfortunately the person who packed the snakes forgot to lock the box in which the snakes were put. Once the plane had taken off and responding to the movement of the plane, the snakes found their way out of the box. Passengers in the plane could see various snakes on the isle. They screamed, some fainted and the brave ones sought refuge wherever they could within the plane.

One of the Cabin Crew ran to the captain to tell him of the incident. He quickly informed the control tower. “We are very sorry, says his boss. We forgot to lock the box where we put the snakes. They are indeed very poisonous snakes in there”. “So where can I land? Please advise me before passengers are bitten”, asks the shaken pilot. “No do not land, stay there for a minute, let me think”, advises the boss. Surely this sounds like stupid advice to the impatient pilot. But he has to follow the orders. A minute is too long for someone faced with such trouble he thinks. After a minute, the boss contacts him. “At what altitude are you flying? He asks. “300”, says the pilot. “Go higher”, advises the boss. “But the snakes will….” Before he finishes his sentence the boss bellows “I said go higher!!” He complies. Now what’s your altitude? Asks the boss 500.66, answers the shaken pilot “Go higher” “But sir…..” “I said go higher captain.” He complies. By now the snakes are all over the plane and a few passengers have collapsed. It is unbearable. A few have been bitten and have instantly died. But still, the majority keep seeking refuge. “Now captain, keep on going higher”, says the boss. The pilot complies and keeps on going higher and higher. “Now what’s your altitude?” “1200”, he says quickly. “Now stay there. Tell the cabin crew that at this altitude the snakes are now harmless. They can just pick them up with their hands and return them to the box and this time they should not forget to lock.”

One cabin crew member tries holding one snake. It is numb and harmless. Soon it is a game within the plane with passengers, some for the first time holding snakes in their hands and returning them to the box. “Look at this Black Mamba, it was really after me. Now I can even throw it and catch it like a ball”, says one passenger. This was the end of the seemingly dangerous ordeal in the plane. Even those who had fainted were resuscitated and gained consciousness.

True or not about snakes being harmless at high altitudes, the lesson of the story is… In life, the snakes (problems) will follow us. However there is need for us to increase our altitude in prayer and determination. We need to go higher. We cannot do this alone, and for this we need people who can lift us up. Overtime we get to certain points in praying and facing challenges that even the most seemingly unconquerable problems become game for us.

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  1. August 31, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I love the conclusion Mungs, but for the fact that these were snakes, no be me go pickam or toucham….lol

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