“The Three Little Pigs” is a well known children’s story: The first pig made his house with straws, the 2nd pig made his house with wood sticks, and the 3rd pig made his house with bricks. First two pigs finished building their houses so quickly that they laughed at the 3rd one saying he was so slow. Yet once a wolf came, the straw and stick houses were destroyed instantly, and the two pigs had to run to the 3rd pig house, which was never destroyed by the wolf.
When I read the story as a child, I thought, “On no! My house is made by woods. I want a brick house, but where can I find the brick house in Japan?”
As a grown up, I found the following scripture in the Bible:
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” –Matthew 7:24-27
I now think “The Three Little Pigs” was made based on this scripture.
We don’t like a hard long work, but rather, dream a quick easy way to have a happy life. Perhaps that is one reason why we are attracted by fortune tellers, charms, spells, or healers. Yet God is not a miracle vending machine. Even if a miracle happens to solve a problem, problems keep happening unless the world changes.
In the famous speech of President Kennedy, ”The Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You”, he encouraged us to ask what we can do for our country saying, “Here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.” Some people ask why there are wars and starvations if there is God, but it’s a wrong question. Like President Kennedy said, God gave us the task to solve the problems.
God cares about us, but His plan is much bigger than our imagination. He wants us to love each other and the loving relationship with Him. In order to get that goal, we have to build “our house” on the Rock even if we are mocked, or suffer. Once we built the house on the Rock, or be bonded with God, we can bear anything no matter what kind of sufferings we face, even if it’s so painful or fearful because that’s what He promised us.