The Camel Takes Revenge

Robert Strand

camelwithsaddleThe camel is a very unusual animal...it has some very bad habits, it bites, it kicks, it spits, it stinks AND it takes revenge! The camel has a deep seated DNA of revenge. The camel always wants to "pay back" anybody who injures or hurts it.

Camel drivers and anyone who cares for these animals as they travel through the desert, know well about this nasty habit. Plus camels have long memories! To deal with this problem, camel jockeys and herders have come up with an interesting way of keeping themselves from being hurt as the camel takes revenge.

When a driver has in some way or other made his camel angry...he immediately runs out of sight of the camel. He then chooses a place of hiding near the road or trail on which the camel will soon pass. Just before the beast comes by, the camel jockey throws down some of his clothes and arranges them in a heap that looks like a sleeping man.

So along comes the camel...they see and smell this heap of empty clothes. Takes a long smell and thinks it is the person who hurt them...POUNCES on the pile, shakes every piece of clothing and stomps all over the clothes...even bites each one.

Finally...when the camel has done a thorough job and tires of the revenge...the camel walks away. THEN the jockey comes out of hiding, mounts the now placated beast and merrily rides away!

Learn from the Camel

Even a camel is smart enough to teach us a lesson. At least the camel gets over it and gets on with life. BUT the best way I know of dealing with the desire to take revenge on people who hurt us is to FORGIVE AND GET ON WITH LIFE! Oh, yes, the best way to learn to forgive is by practicing forgiveness!

"For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. BUT if you do not forgive their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins" (Matthew 6:14-15).