Your answer is ready.

You know that old story about the frog in the pot of boiling water?  The idea that if one dropped a frog into a boiling pot the frog would jump right out again.  But if one put a frog in a pot of tepid water and lit the burner, the frog would not notice the gradual increase in temperature and would poach nicely, thank you very much.

I hate that story.  I hate when it is used to explain away and dismiss why people stay in difficult circumstances.  It was just so gradual that they didn’t notice.  As if we don’t notice anything until we’re half-cooked.  I suggest that the frog is plenty busy trying to solve his rapidly warming problem, he just hasn’t hit upon the leap-out-of-the-pot plan yet.  A problem not solved is not the same as a problem ignored. Sometimes the answer doesn’t look like the answer until the situation changes enough to warrant it.  And then, curiously enough, the answer looks so obvious we cannot believe we didn’t select it a long time ago.  Perhaps, a long time ago, it wasn’t yet the answer.




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St. Alban's Parish is a vibrant and diverse Episcopal Church in Washington, DC near the National Cathedral. We come from every walk of life, every culture and context, and every corner of this region. St. Alban's Parish is active in the city, engaging social issues, and making the reconciling love of Christ known in word and deed. We have ministries for children, youth, young adults, adults, and the elderly. We have outreach programs that address homelessness, poverty, the environment, and hunger. We believe in being open and inclusive to all people no matter disability, age, income, gender, race, or sexual orientation. We welcome the faithful, the seeker, and the doubter, because God's embrace is wide, and God's good news is for all people. We want you to come, participate, grow in God's love, and become a part of the Body of Christ at St. Alban's!
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3 Responses to Your answer is ready.

  1. Susan Muncey says:

    I had never heard the frog analogy, but I have been there done that.
    I will remember this & pass it along! Thank You!

  2. Christian says:

    Nice thought. I agree with your thinking.

  3. Anton Vanterpool II says:

    A good example for the phrase “Situational Awareness.” Christ used this special sensitivity regularly from healing the sick, feeding the five thousand and telling story after story about God’s love for us.

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