Once upon a time, Birbal and Akbar decided to take a stroll alongside a beautiful lake at sunset. When thoughts took a turn, a simple question occurred to Birbal: How far a man can go to have money? He expressed it to Akbar, who while listening to Birbal sat down and touched the water in the lake. He at once took his hand out as he realized the stabbing cold in his hand. He exclaimed that no one would ever spend a night in this cold water for any amount of money. Birbal believed that someone could. Akbar as determined on his belief as ever challenged Birbal to bring one such being, and he would grant that man a total of one thousand coins made of pure gold.
Birbal started his search, and kept looking for this one man everywhere until he found one. This happened to be a poor guy who was desperate enough to risk a whole night of severe cold to have the gold coins reward.
Akbar when he heard the news, appointed his trusty guards to make sure that the poor guy stayed in the water for the whole night. Surprisingly, the next morning, the poor man came to Akbar after completing his challenge, all sound and healthy, and demanded his much awaited reward.
The poor man all disappointed and hurt, informed Birbal. Birbal didn’t make it to the court next day. When Akbar inquired, Birbal conveyed the message that he can’t make it unless his Khichdi is ready. After waiting for several hours, Akbar along with his guards went to visit Birbal. Birbal had a pot of khichdi hanging from the roof of the room several feet away from the fire. Akbar asked Birbal that how he expects for a fire to cook khichdi from such a distance. Birbal very intelligently replied that the same way the poor man received warmth from a candel Light so far away from himself. Akbar once left speechless and had to pay the poor man at the end.
This is an old Indian Story that we can learn a valuable Truth from… When our lives and Circumstances are almost unbearable and we feel darkness all around us, if we keep our focus on our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we will be able to withstand anything… How… because unlike Birbal whose pot of Khichdi was several feet from the fire and so had no hope of cooking…Jesus is closer then our very breath and as we focus on Him we have His Light, warmth and comfort and He gives us the strength within to be Victorious in all we do and our reward will be much greater then any amount of Gold that can be accumulated in this Life.