“A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule ‘braying’ — or whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer felt sorry for the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together and told them what had happened and asked them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.
Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back: he should shake it off and step up! This is what the old mule did, blow after blow.
“Shake it off and step up… shake it off and step up… shake it off and step up!” He repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or distressing the situation seemed, the old mule fought “panic” and just kept right on shaking it off and stepping up!
You guessed it! It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well! What seemed like it would bury him, actually ended up blessing him. And, all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.”
This mule’s attitude really determined his altitude – high enough to get out of that well! The devil has been trying his same old pile-up technique for “mule years” to Christians, delivering blow after blow trying to discourage us from serving God. That’s his aim, to stop us from being productive for God. It’s amazing how lying in front of a television daily or staring into space often don’t meet much resistance. It is when you are trying to do something for God when life seems tougher! Guess who is behind all these problems? No matter what blows might try to come at us, we win big time when we step out of that well.
How formidable Christians will be, when all of us can have this mule’s attitude: Repeatedly shake it off and step it up!