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King of the Frogs
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Once upon a time the frogs sat on their lily pads in their pond.  The gossipped with each other about the humans and how the humans had kings.  After a while, they came to the conclusion, "Hey, we need a king too!"  As the story goes, the frogs went to God to ask for a king.  When God saw the frogs, He smiled and said, "Welcome my little frogs!  How is your pond?"  The frogs bowed before Him and replied, "O God, our pond is good... but it could be better."  God asked, "What's wrong with your pond little frogs?"  The frogs answered, "God, what our pond needs is a king!"  God said, "But little frogs, I am your King."  The frogs answered, "Yes we know that, but we want a real king like the humans have."  God seemed sad and said, "Trust me little frogs, you don't want a king like the humans."  The frogs shook their heads, "Yes we do!  We want a king to rule our pond!"  God sighed, "All right little frogs, I will give you a king."

So God sent an eel to live in the pond.  At first the frogs were so happy to have the eel as their king, and they playfully chased him all over the pond.  But soon they became disgruntled with the eel and decided to go back to God to complain.  When God saw the frogs, He smiled and said, "Welcome my little frogs!  How is your pond?"  The frogs bowed before Him, "O God, our pond is good... but it could be better."  God asked, "What's wrong with your pond little frogs?"  The frogs replied, "We want another king."  God said, "But little frogs, I am your King."  The frogs answered, "Yes we know that, but we want a real king like the humans have."  God said, "Little frogs, I gave you an eel to be your king."  But the frogs complained, "We don't want the eel for a king.  He is too soft!  And he is too slippery!  He just wriggles over here and wriggles over there - and then we can't even find him because he is hiding in a hole!  God, we want a king who is firm and tough and who is visible at all times!"  And God sighed, "All right little frogs, I will give you another king."

So God sent a crocodile to live in the pond.  And when the frogs saw the crocodile, they were so excited!  This king was big and clearly visible - and he was so hard and firm!  And all the frogs climbed on the back of their new king to celebrate!  But soon they grew bored with the crocodile and decided to go back to God to complain.  When God saw the frogs, He smiled and said, "Welcome my little frogs!  How is your pond?"  The frogs bowed before Him, "O God, our pond is good... but it could be better."  God asked, "What's wrong with your pond little frogs?"  The frogs replied, "We want another king."  God said, "But little frogs, I am your King."  The frogs answered, "Yes we know that, but we want a real king like the humans have."  God said, "Little frogs, I gave you a crocodile to be your king."  But the frogs complained, "We don't want the crocodile for a king.  He doesn't do anything!  He just floats there and smiles at us all day!  We want a king who will rule over our pond and cause action!  We want a real king like the humans!"  God seemed sad, "Little frogs, you don't know what you are asking for.  Trust me, you don't want a king like the humans."  But the frogs stomped their feet and insisted, "Yes we do!  We want a king who will act like a king!  We want the kind of king like the humans have!"  God started crying and finally said, "All right little frogs, I will give you that kind of king."

So God sent a heron to live in the pond.  When the frogs saw the heron, they were amazed and hopped over to the remarkable bird.  He was so tall and his feathers were so colorful and stately!  The heron looked down at all the frogs gathered at his feet.  Immediately the heron stabbed one with his beak and ate it!  Suddenly the frogs fled for their lives shouting, "There's been a mistake!  We need to go tell God!"  When God saw the frogs, He said, "Little frogs, you are back so soon!  How is your pond?"  The frogs screamed, "O God, our pond is not good!  You have to take the heron away or else he will eat us!  We need another king fast!"  God sadly shook His head, "No little frogs.  You insisted on having a king like the humans.  Now you have one.  From now on your pond will be filled with violence and you will live your days in constant fear of the king you wanted so badly."  And all of a sudden, the frogs regretted asking for a king.
 
 
 
What about you and me?  Is God the King of your life?  It's certainly an easy thing to say.  This holiday season ask yourself, "What does it mean to really have God as my King?"  "But God is my King from long ago; he brings salvation on the earth." - Psalm 74:12 NIV