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Saturday, August 18, 2012

noted French naturalist, Jean Henri Fabre

The noted French naturalist, Jean Henri Fabre`, studied the Pine
Processionary Caterpillar in great detail. He observed that these
caterpillars would follow a lead caterpillar in a single-file line. This
behavior is not only the reason why it was given its name, but it can also
be a deadly characteristic.

Consider an experiment that Fabre` conducted with some processionary
caterpillars. Allen Campbell described the experiment: "He took a
flowerpot and placed a number of caterpillars in single-file around the
circumference of the pot's rim. Each caterpillar's head touched the
caterpillar in front of it. Fabre` then placed the caterpillars' favorite
food in the middle of the circle created by the caterpillars' procession
around the rim of the flowerpot. Each caterpillar followed the one ahead
thinking that it was heading for the food....

Round and round went those silly insects - for seven days! After a week of
this mindless activity, the caterpillars started to drop dead because of
exhaustion and starvation. All that they had to do to avoid death was to
stop the senseless circling of the flowerpot and head directly toward the
food-less than six inches away from those ever-circling crawlers. However,
the processionary caterpillars were locked into this lifestyle and couldn't
extricate themselves from this mindless behavior." *

Caterpillars aren't the only ones that can wander in circles. We need
direction, too!

Long ago, the prophet Jeremiah declared: "O LORD, I know the way of man is
not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps"
(Jeremiah 10:23).

Jesus asked, "Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the
ditch?" (Luke 6:39).

So many people wander around aimlessly, wondering about the purpose of life.
Some attempt to validate their lifestyles by seeking legitimacy in the
approval of the crowd. Others find meaning and purpose in certain
activities, but they are headed for a ditch!

Really there are only two ways to travel: the broad way or the narrow way.
"Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that
leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is
the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who
find it" (Matthew 7:13-14).

The "broad" way is the way of sin that leads to destruction. It's the easy
way, the popular way. It leads to destruction.

The "narrow" way is less popular. It can be difficult, but this is the way
that leads to eternal life. Jesus is the Way (John 14:6), for He died on
the cross so that we might have forgiveness for our sins and eternal life in
heaven (Ephesians 1:7).

To follow Jesus in the narrow way, we must place our faith and trust in Him
(Acts 16:30-31), turn from our sins in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess
Him before men (Romans 10:9-10), and are baptized (immersed) in His name for
the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38). Then we must continue to walk in the
light of His word (1 John 1:7).

Stop walking in circles; it's a DEAD end! Follow Jesus - He will lead you
to LIFE eternal!

Won't YOU?

David A. Sargent

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