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"......learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart..."
Some years ago, a prince in India —proud of the small municipality he governed and convinced he was "quite someone" — exhibited a very rebellious attitude toward England. Eventually he arranged a visit to that country hoping to pick up new ideas to spark the smoldering rebellion of his people against the Crown.
Arriving in London, he entered a cab and ordered, "Drive me to the country!" The coachman drove through street after street, passing thousands of houses, parks, and businesses. Finally the sun reached its peak and began to set, but there were still more bustling streets ahead. "Aren't we near the country yet?" asked the prince. "No, sir, we still have a long way to go before you'll see any countryside." As night came and the lights of the mighty city were lit, the visitor said in humble amazement, "Drive me back!" He had come to realize how great was the nation of England, and how small the little rebellious section of India he represented. From that day forward there was not a more humble servant of the Queen than that prince.
As I thought of that incident, I thought again of how proud and rebellious we often are, how impressed with our own importance. However, if we will just "learn" of Christ and view the unlimited meekness and lowliness of mind exhibited by Him, we too will see how small and insignificant we really are.
Frequently we think people owe us more than they give us of appreciation, understanding, and praise; however, when we look at the sinless, compassionate self-sacrificing Savior who was spit upon, reviled, and crucified (despite the fact that He was perfect in all His words, actions, and attitudes), we fall on our knees and say, "Lord, forgive me for my pride and arrogance! Help me to learn of You that I too may be 'meek and lowly in heart.'"
Louis Abel is pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.