One of my favourite animation movies is Horton Hears a Who. This is the Dr Seuss classic about the elephant, Horton, who realising there are little people, Whos specifically, living on a speck on a clover flower, decides to save the whole town of Whoville by moving the flower to a safe place.
The movie is filled with many hilarious moments which capture the passion and at times, audacity of genuine faith.
Still humorous as it is, the movie’s narrative makes some good points. The ‘Whos’ living on the tiny speck Horton is trying to save are quite little – and there’s no way the really sour, unbelieving kangaroo and her accomplices, who seek to imprison Horton and destroy the speck, will hear them if they cry out in isolation.
But when they band together, gathering in the town square of Whoville to say, “We are here” in unison, something magnificent happens. Ok, so it might sound like a ‘squeak’ to the large world outside the speck, but it accomplishes its purposes.
When the animals living in the jungle hear the squeak from the clover flower, they realise Horton is right – there are people living on the speck – and the Whos of Whoville are spared.
The speck is saved because of a whole lot of Whos who decided to overlook their differences and stand in unity.
There is unlimited potential in each human being, but how much more can we do when we put this potential together and act in unity towards a specific cause?
The Word of God says one man trusting in Him can put a thousand to flight, but that two trusting in Him, can put ten thousand to flight. (Deut 30:32).
This week the local Whos of Bedfordview and Edenvale have put their voices together in signing petitions to present to the Ekurhuleni Metro with the hope of affecting change (See pages 1 and 3). In this same spirit of unity, the Edenvale Senior Songsters bring their voices together to bring refreshing joy and life to audiences (Page 3).
Maybe today you’re struggling to get something done. Are you trying to do it alone? Maybe you have overlooked the dreams of others in pursuing your own dream and you aren’t quite getting there because God always intended your dream to fit into a larger dream, which includes the contribution of others. Maybe the giant seems big – but consider that you weren’t meant to face the giant alone.
Christian author Rick Warren says it this way: “Each of us is like a snowflake. On our own, we can’t make a big difference. However, when one fragile snowflake sticks with a lot of other snowflakes, they can stop traffic. Like snowflakes, we can make a big difference if we work together, each one of us doing only our small part.”