The spider monkey is really a tiny critter native to South and Central America. This monkey is quick as lightning and a tough one to catch in the wild. For years hunters have tried to shoot these monkeys with tranquilizer guns or catch them in nets. No luck...the monkeys are faster than the fastest net and able to dodge the tranquilizers.
Then, someone made an interesting discovery. If you have a clear, narrow- necked glass bottle, put one peanut inside the bottle and wait and you'll catch a monkey.
How is this possible and what happens? The monkey sees the peanut in the bottle and reaches for the peanut. Now he can't withdraw his hand because he grips the peanut in a death grip and will not let go! Also, the bottle is too heavy for him to take it away and the hunter easily snatches the monkey. The monkey is too persistent to let go.
They have also found that you could dump a bushel of peanuts right next to him and he still won't let go of the single peanut to reach for a banquet of peanuts. You could also place a bunch of ripe bananas alongside and he still refuses to let go of the peanut and so he loses his freedom and becomes a captive.
How many of us are like this dumb monkey? How many of us are unwilling to be flexible? How many of us are unwilling to let of something that we know in the long run will bring captivity and disaster? How many of us stubbornly grasping to our own way no matter what?
Have you ever heard the admonish that says: "Let go and let God"? There might be something much better out "there." Perhaps you will never lose your taste for salted peanuts...but with God's help you can see a way out, a better way, God's way!
"One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press toward the goal for which God has called me!" (Philippians 3:13-14)