Chicken Little
I hadn't thought of it in years, but I came across that childhood story I had heard many times (ages ago) called "Chicken Little".  It is a tale told to children to teach them about having courage in the face of adversity.  It goes like this:
 
 
 

The Story of Chicken Little

Narrator:   Chicken Little was in the woods one day when an acorn fell on her head.  It scared her so much she trembled all over.  She shook so hard, half her feathers fell out.

Chicken Little:   "Help! Help!  The sky is falling!  I have to go tell the king!"

Narrator:   So she ran in great fright to tell the king.  Along the way she met Henny Penny.

Henny Penny:  "Where are you going, Chicken Little?"

Chicken Little:   "Oh, help!  The sky is falling!"

Henny Penny:   "How do you know?"

Chicken Little:   "I saw it with  my own eyes, and heard it with my own ears, and part of it fell on my head!"

Henny Penny:  "This is terrible, just terrible!  We'd better hurry up."

Narrator:  So they both ran away as fast as they could.  Soon they met Ducky Lucky.

Ducky Lucky:   "Where are you going, Chicken Little and Henny Penny?"

Chicken Little & Henny Penny:  "The sky is falling!  The sky is falling!  We're going to tell the king!"

Ducky Lucky:  "How do you know?"

Chicken Little:  "I saw it with my own eyes, and heard it with my own ears, and part of it fell on my head."

Ducky Lucky:   "Oh dear, oh dear!  We'd better run!"

Narrator:   So they all ran down the road as fast as they could.  Soon they met Goosey Loosey walking down the roadside.

Goosey Loosey    "Hello there.  Where are you all going in such a hurry?"

Chicken Little:   "We're running for our lives!"

Henny Penny:  "The sky is falling!"

Ducky Lucky:   "And we're running to tell the king!"

Goosey Loosey:  "How do you know the sky is falling?"

Chicken Little:  "I saw it with  my own eyes, and heard it with my own ears, and part of it fell on my head!"

Goosey Loosey:    "Goodness!  Then I'd better run with you."

Narrator:   And they all ran in great fright across a field.  Before long they met Turkey Lurkey strutting back and forth..

Turkey Lurkey:    "Hello there, Chicken Little, Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, and Goosey Loosey.  Where are you all going in such a hurry?"

Chicken Little:   "Help!  Help!"

Henny Penny:   "We're running for our lives!"

Ducky Lucky:   "The sky is falling!"

Goosey Loosey:   "And we're running to tell the king!"

Turkey Lurkey:   "How do you know the sky is falling?"

Chicken Little:   "I saw it with  my own eyes, and heard it with my own ears, and part of it fell on my head!"

Turkey Lurkey:   "Oh dear! I always suspected the sky would fall someday.  I'd better run with you."

Narrator:   So they ran with all their might, until they met Foxy Loxy.

Foxy Loxy:   "Well, well.  Where are you rushing on such a fine day?"

Chicken Little, Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, Goosey Loosey, Turkey Lurkey (together)   "Help!  Help!"  It's not a fine day at all.  The sky is falling, and we're running to tell the king!"

Foxy Loxy:   "How do you know the sky is falling?"

Chicken Little:   "I saw it with  my own eyes, and heard it with my own ears, and part of it fell on my head!"

Foxy Loxy:    "I see.  Well then, follow me, and I'll show you the way to the king."

Narrator:    So Foxy Loxy led Chicken Little, Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, Goosey Loosey, and Turkey Lurkey across a field and through the woodsHe led them straight to his den, and they never saw the king to tell him that  the sky is falling.

 

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Last year I attended a church service where a man stood up to give a testimony.  It was very funny the way he told it, but had a powerful message for all of us.  It  also had to do with a chicken.  As I remember it:
 
"I had a flock of chickens that I got tired of caring for, so I decided to get rid of them.  I went to the hen house and began catching them,  and soon I had them all rounded up--except for one small bantam hen; she would run under the hen house before I could catch her. 
 
I kept trying, but so did others: A few days passed, and a coon got in the hen house and managed to take off all her feathers--but she escaped again.  Then a dog chased her and injured one of her legs.  (Imagine a naked chicken, hobbling around!).  Then a hawk came flying overhead and made his attempt, but she escaped once more. 
 
That banty hen seems indestructable; for as soon as danger comes by, she runs for her place of safety.  And on top of that---she laid an egg every day, and she's still at it!"
 
Now you know what I'm about to say: that little banty hen was persistent!  She didn't care what kind of adversity came along--she stood her ground and ran for that "secret place" every time!  And no matter how many times or under what circumstances, she still bore fruit every day, despite being the only one left in the chicken coop.
 
 
 
There's two things we can do when it looks like the sky is falling in.  We can run tell the Henny Pennies, the Ducky Luckies, the Goosy Loosies, the Ducky Luckies, and the Turkey Lurkies and find ourselves eventually meeting up with Foxy Loxy and our demise. 
 
 Or we can make a beeline to the King ourself and cast all our care on Him...for He careth for you.
 
 
 
We've got a lot of things telling us that the sky is falling, folks,  but Jesus told us to cast all our care on Him and run for the secret hiding place.   Perhaps it would do us all a lot of good  to spend some time in that chicken coop learning lessons from old Banty Hen....
 
 
 
MARY E. ADAMS