Most of us are familiar with the folk tale of Chicken Little. She is convinced the world is coming to an end when an acorn falls on her head. Throughout the story Chicken Little cries out, “The sky is falling!” This creates mass hysteria and everyone is convinced disaster looms in the horizon. Seeing themselves in great danger, they set off on a journey to tell the King.
“How do you know that the sky is falling?” asked Ducky Daddles. “I saw it with my eyes, I heard it with my ears, and a bit of it fell on my head,” said Chicken Little. It’s important to keep in mind that Ducky Daddles never witnessed the falling sky but was quick to believe it as truth.
It didn’t take long for the message of doom to reach the animal community. Everyone would ask, “How do you know?” “Ducky Daddies told me so,” answered Goosey Poosey. “Cocky Locky told me,” answered Ducky Daddles. “Henny Penny told me,” said Cocky Locky. “Chicken Little told me,” said Henny Penny.
No one bothered to check the source of Chicken Little’s story. Each character followed Chicken Little in blind faith on the ardent belief they were in danger and disaster was imminent. When Chicken Little approached the King’s throne, the King removed the tiny pebble from her head. “Do not fear,” said the King, “the sky is not falling.” In the end, the journey to the King was fear-driven and based on hearsay.
Chicken Little Christian live their life based on the reports and experiences of others. They take no time to know in whom or what they believe. For many years I was a Chicken Little follower in my relationship with Christ.
My Daddy was a pastor and well respected in the Christian community. Where he led, I followed. I was like Ducky Daddles or Goosey Poosey; I paraded behind my Daddy’s beliefs without ever taking time to discover the truth for myself. And then one day, I came face to face with another ending to the story of Chicken Little.
It’s about a fox who spies Chicken Little and all her blind followers.
He asks, “Do you know the way to the King?”
“No”, said Chicken Little.
“Then follow me, I will show you the way.”
And he led them all into his den and devoured them all.
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matthew 7:15) I was one of those blind followers.
This was a turning point in my Christian walk. I began walking with Jesus based on my beliefs and not on the shirt tail of my Daddy. I encourage you to approach the King’s throne. Let Him remove the pebble from your head and speak this:
“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” (Psalms 118:8)
My Daddy was an awesome, Godly man. He taught God’s truth and lived by it. But my Daddy didn’t intend for me to be a Chicken Little Christian who couldn’t let go of his church tails. He wanted me to experience and knows first-hand God’s truth. He wanted me to know an acorn dropping on my head didn’t mean the sky was falling; it meant God was talking to me, I just needed to listen.