This allegory teaches the danger of becoming sensitized to this sinful world and not believing that God has more to offer us in this life. The story originates in Central Asia where it is told by Muslim teachers, however it may be much older than the spread of Islam into Central Asia.  The lessons apply regardless of your belief system - Muslim, Christian, Jewish, or other.

Once upon a time there was a frog who lived in an old well whose water was filled with algae. Other than the caravans that stopped once every few years to get water, no one ever used the well. Ignoring all that, the frog proudly boasted to himself, “In the whole world there isn’t any well as precious as this one! I’m living in a wonderful place!”

One day, a cuckoo bird came to the top of the well. “Greetings, Mr. Frog! How are you?” he asked.

“I’m doing very well!” Mr. Frog replied contentedly.

“Don’t pass your life inside this terrible well! Won’t you come out and see the rest of the world?!” asked the cuckoo bird.

“Oh, Cuckoo, you’re such a fool!” replied Mr. Frog, laughing, “You haven’t seen the inside of this well. There isn’t anywhere in the entire world that is as pretty and inviting as this well! If I left this well, where would I go?” The cuckoo bird made fun of the frog and then went his way.

One day, a caravan that had come to this place put their buckets into the well to get water for their horses. Mr. Frog wasn’t paying attention and ended up at the top of the well with the water in the bucket. The caravaneer took the frog out of the bucket and threw it away. Mr. Frog looked around awestruck at the tall mountains, the birds flying in the clear, never-ending sky, and the sheep and other livestock grazing in the green pastures. Soon he gathered his wits and started to walk. He walked quite a ways and came to a lush orchard where he saw figs, pomegranates, apples and every other kind of fruit hanging from the trees. As he stood there with his jaw hanging open in amazement, the same cuckoo bird that had talked to him before happened to see him in his new condition.

“Friend, your mouth is hanging wide open! What do you see?” he asked.

“Oh, my friend, I’ve just been conceived into the world today! I hadn’t ever gone out of the well and I didn’t realize there was this kind of beauty in the world. Oh! My wasted life!” he exclaimed in embarrassment.

Are you still stuck in the well refusing to see what God has in store for you?  When will you get out of your comfort zone and see the possibilities in life?  If we choose to live in our own little world where everything is familiar and known we miss out on the bigger world, the bigger opportunities, waiting for us.