There was once a sleepy kingdom steeped deep within the punishing deserts of Calagari. It was ruled by a sneaky king called Snider. The kingdom was at its helm of civilisation, as two rivers snaked through its dry land creating opportunities for commercial exploits. So her inhabitants had plenty of food and most could afford the luxuries life could offer.
Nevertheless, the kingdom was home to some of the sly thieves. They could slither their way through walls and strike gold within no time. To curb this menace, the king came up with strict laws. Any thief caught was to be hanged. It was not in his flavour to inflict capital punishment, but circumstances made it hard to avoid it either. The robbery had become the crying abuse in the kingdom.
Sahada was a well-known crook. He had the nerve to continue plying his trade even after knowing the mortal consequences that awaited people like him. The citizens knew that Sahada was a criminal, but they had never found him red-handed. They could only lodge a complaint to their king, yet the evidence adduced was as pale as a sorghum stem. It was hard to convict him. He had escaped several nets to arrest him, including the one set by Sudante, the king of Kandahali.
The proverbial forty days of a thief arrived, and the wily Sahada’s mask of sainthood fell off. He was quickly dispatched to the king’s palace to be served with a dose of his own prescription. There was no drama or drumbeats at the king’s court. The court was an open space except for a standalone building that had a big, dark, scary, iron door. Witnesses narrated Sahada’s evil ingenuities and its hue and cry. After several consultations with his council, the king called on Sahada and asked him to choose between two options of punishment. He was either to be hanged by a rope or take what was behind the big, dark, scary, iron door. This was as per the customs of the people of Calagari deserts. Sahada suddenly decided to die by the rope. The king motioned the hangman to come forth and start his unpopular and yet well-paid job. As the noose was being slipped on him, Sahada asked the king, “Your majesty, what could be behind that dark, ugly door?” The magnanimous king answered, “It is interesting that every crook who comes here end up choosing the rope instead of what is behind that door.” He paused as the noose tightened, “Behind that door is a placard with the words FREEDOM. It seems most people are scared of the unknown that they straight away take the rope.”
The roar of fear
Tigers are not only known for being solitary hunters but also for their massive body structure; making them the largest in the cat family. Tigers have an outstanding ability to paralyse their prey by instilling fear. As it charges, a tiger lets out a spine-chilling roar that is capable of making the prey stunned. Ironically, this roar makes the prey freeze into inactivity instead of running for dear life.
That is what fear does to us. It stops us from progressing. It stops us from making life-changing decisions. Defy fear and beat it down.
“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” 1st Samuel 17:45.