Reality is more Wonderful than Fiction
“Three princes were once sent by the king, their father, to bring back wonders from distant countries: the one whose present should be the most extraordinary was to succeed him on the throne. The youngest prince brought back a walnut, and his brothers smiled disdainfully. The walnut was cracked and there came out of it a hazelnut, the hazelnut contained a pea, the pea a grain of hempseed, the grain of hempseed a grain of millet; the grain of millet was opened, and a piece of cloth was drawn from it, twenty ells* long.” When I read greedily so many beautiful [but fictitious] stories; I was wont, at the end of the volume, to sit and carry on the vision in my thoughts; then I awoke, and wept with grief at living only in life, instead of living in fairy tales; but I very early discovered that real life contains a hundred times more wonders than these fables, and I became reconciled to my fate.
Is not that true: the wonders which God has created and placed in this world are far more exhilarating, beautiful, and wondrous than any which any man could make up; yet the most wonderful thing which God has for us, is not material, but his wondrous love, that Love which surpasses all understanding! To God be the Glory!!
*about 33 feet, an ‘ell’ is approximately 19 – 21 inches.