The rain gods had been smiling the whole night. The roads were muddy and the potholes were filled to the brim.
It was the day for the market and Jocob the farmer was riding his cart along the country road. He had to reach the market early to sell his hay. The horses could hardly drag the load through the deep mud. He came to a part of the road where the wheels sank into the mire.
The more the horses pulled, the deeper the wheel sank. Jacob climbed down from his seat and stood beside his cart. He could find no one around to help him.
Cruising his bad luck, he looked dejected and defeated. He didn’t make the slightest effort to get down to the wheel and lift it up by himself. Looking up at the sky, he started shouting at God, “I am so unlucky! Why has this happened to me? Oh God, come down to help me.”
After a long wait, God finally appeared before Jacob. He asked Jacob, “Do you think you can move the chariot by simply looking at it and whining about it? Nobody will help you unless you make some effort to help yourself. Did you try to get the wheel out of the pothole by yourself? Get up and put your shoulder to the wheel and you will soon find the way out.”
Jacob was ashamed of himself. He bent down and out his shoulder to the wheel and urged on the horses.
In no time, the wheel was out of the mire. Jacob learnt his lesson. He thanked God and carried on his journey happily.
“God help those who help themselves!”