Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.
My husband can imitate Forrest Gump to a T, so when he came in with the latest Forrest joke (origin unknown), I knew I had to share it. Goes something like this …
Forrest Gump died and went to heaven. St. Peter met him at the Pearly Gate.
“Heaven’s getting a bit crowded, Forrest, so we’ve decided to give a test before letting folks in.”
“Hope it’s not too hard.”
“Oh, you’ll do all right. What two days in the week start with the letter T?”
“Today and tomorrow.”
“That wasn’t the answer I was looking for, but I guess it’ll do. How many seconds are in a year?”
“Twelve? How’d you get twelve?”
“Well, there’s January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd …”
“You’ve got a point there. I guess I’ll accept it. Does God have a first name?”
“Yes. First name’s Andy.”
“Where’d Andy come from?”
“Well, my mama and I used to sing in church ‘Andy walks with me. Andy talks with me …'”
If the simplest answer is generally the best answer (a la Occam), were Forrest’s responses that far off?
Might the questioner have asked more specific questions? Unfortunately, life often doesn’t ask simple questions, but Forrest Gump, like Occam’s Razor, was able to pare down even the most intricate issues to simple truth.
Most of us would have considered both the simple and more complex possibilities before answering St. Peter’s questions. But not Forrest. Occam adherent to a very simple T, Forrest was too literal for weighing more than one possibility against another. Which, in the grand scheme of things, might not have been so bad.
To some, Forrest is a goofball (or a mule, as the psalmist King David describes). But to others, like myself, Forrest Life Wisdom 101 is spot on: (Tweet That!)
(2) Life’s a box of chocolates. Enjoy what you get.
(3) Life’s all about love. So love.
(4) Life’s got a guide book. Read it.
(5) Life’s hard. Gotta deal with it.
P.S. King David, the Psalmist, penned a verse 8 before the verse 9 above:
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Forrest trusted his closest advisor–Mama–who pointed him to hers: God.
But the psalmist didn’t stop there. He added a verse 10:
Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love
surrounds the one who trusts in him.
Mama’s love never failed Forrest–from a simple park bench at home to the jungles of Viet Nam and along roads, streets, and highways all over the country.
But God’s got even Mama beat, hands down. Check it out.