The Great Fire and the Little Water


Among the Aztec people of Mexico, it is said that a long time ago there was a great fire in the forests that covered our Earth. People and animals started to run, trying to escape from the fire. Our brother owl, Tecolotl, was running away also when he noticed a small bird hurrying back and forth between the nearest river and the fire. He headed towards this small bird.

He noticed that it was our brother the Quetzal bird, Quetzaltototl, running to the river, picking up small drops of water in his beak, then returning to the fire to throw that tiny bit of water on the flame. Owl approached Quetsal bird and yelled at him: “What are you doing brother? Are you stupid? You are not going to achieve anything by doing this. What are you trying to do? You must run for your life!”

Quetzal bird stopped for a moment and looked at owl, and then answered: “I am doing the best I can with what I have.”

It is remembered by our Grandparents that a long time ago the forests that covered our Earth were saved from a great fire by a small Quetzal bird, an owl, and many other animals and people who got together to put out the fire.

In a similar fashion, we can change the world….one heart at a time. We all have our parts to play…if we become passive we cease to love….and like the forest, it will all be burned up; and we will be accountable for them. There are still fires to be put out!

In this story, one bird and one owl saved many from disaster. The question then should be asked; is there a forest on fire in our lives (people/person) that needs water put on it? It’s been said one man can make a difference. One man (The Son of God) did, and now it’s up to us to continue to stand in the gap and follow that Man (Jesus) and show others how to follow the right path. We don’t follow ministers on television….we follow the Lord Jesus in Heaven (John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.)

The world recycles the same thing over and over, sometimes with new wrapping and other times with the old. A dog in a sweater is still a dog. But, we can make a difference, if our difference is different.