Saturday, October 23, 2010
The Desert Spring
THE DESERT SPRING
In the midst of the Great Desert lived two tribes of people. Both were nomadic in nature and continuously traveled across the arid landscape, from oasis to oasis.
Although each tribe considered themselves nomads, it was in truth not by choice. For you see, each oasis was very fragile because the waters in each were limited. Thus, instead of living at an oasis until it ran dry, thus destroying it as a place of shelter for the future, in their wisdom they would move on.
Yet, it was forever the quest of each tribe to find an oasis that could sustain them over many years, without the threat that the waters would run dry.
Then one day the tribe that claimed to be the oldest, the first, came upon an oasis large enough to hold a thousand tribes, full of tall fruit-bearing trees, where colored birds sang sweetly in their boughs, and beasts lay quietly in their shade.
After the prince had spoken he took his father to a nearby dune, and under the intense sun they looked out over the vast, empty desert. He pleaded with his father not to forsake his people and send them back into this misery.