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Three Billy Goats Gruff

So this is one of my favorite stories, a Norwegian fairytale! And it goes something like this:

Once upon a time there were three billy goats, who were to go up to the hillside to make themselves fat, and the name of all three was “Gruff.”

On the way up was a bridge over a cascading stream they had to cross; and under the bridge lived a great ugly troll , with eyes as big as saucers, and a nose as long as a poker!

So first of all came the youngest Billy Goat Gruff to cross the bridge.

“Trip, trap, trip, trap! “

went the bridge.

“Who’s that tripping over my bridge?”

roared the troll .

“Oh, it is only I, the tiniest Billy Goat Gruff , and I’m going up to the hillside to make myself fat,” said the billy goat, with such a small voice.

Now, I’m coming to gobble you up,” said the troll.

“Oh, no! don’t take me. I’m too little, that I am,” said the billy goat. “Wait a bit till the second Billy Goat Gruff comes. He’s much bigger.”

Well, be off with you,” said the troll.

A little while after came the second Billy Goat Gruff to cross the bridge.

Trip, trap, trip, trap, trip, trap,

went the bridge.

“Who’s that tripping over my bridge?”

roared the troll.

“Oh, it’s the second Billy Goat Gruff , and I’m going up to the hillside to make myself fat,” said the billy goat, who hadn’t such a small voice.

Now I’m coming to gobble you up,” said the troll.

“Oh, no! Don’t take me. Wait a little till the big Billy Goat Gruff comes. He’s much bigger.”

Very well! Be off with you,” said the troll.

But just then up came the big Billy Goat Gruff .

Trippity, trap, trippity, trap, trippity, trap!

went the bridge, for the billy goat was so heavy that the bridge creaked and groaned under him.

“Who’s that tramping over my bridge?”

roared the troll.

“It’s I! The big Billy Goat Gruff ,” said the billy goat, who had an ugly hoarse voice of his own.

Now I ‘m coming to gobble you up,” roared the troll.

“Well, come along!  I’ve got two great spears,  And I’ll poke your eyeballs out at your ears…”

–EEEEEERRT!!!  Okay, this is where it get’s a little gruesome so I’ll just give an alternate, more…happy ending!–

The troll crawled into his dark hole underneath the bridge never to bother anyone again.  You know why?  Because he got scared to DEATH!  Really.  He died, yes he did.  And the big Billy Goat Gruff went up to the hillside. There, the billy goats got SO fat that they were not able to walk back again. And if the fat hasn’t fallen off them, why, they’re still fat; and so,

Snip, snap, snout.
This tale’s told out.

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Okay, now!  As Isaiah says, relating the scriptures to our lives is so important because we can learn from those who have come before us.  I’ll try to relate this story to the scriptures and to our lives.  We all have many trials (or bridges to cross) while in this life, and Satan (the troll) is lurking and waiting in every dark place to gobble us up!  Now, we won’t sell out our friends, riiiiiight?  *suspicious look*  …Tell the devil to tempt them instead of us (or in the case of the three billy goats, eat the next one that comes along)?   Instead! we have the opportunity to help each other out!  To help our friends, our brothers and sisters cross bridges that we have already crossed–or even to cross them together; to be encouraging and uplifting especially in hard times.  When we go through something difficult, when we cross one of those bridges it enables us to be a savior in a sense.  Not THE Savior, but we can be God’s hands on earth and help guide and save each other!  🙂

You see, when we are able to overcome our trials (bridges) and choose to FEAST upon the words of Christ, to read our scriptures, PRAY, etc (for the billy goats, eating the grass) we will get FAT!  …spiritually, of course!  When we fill our lives with light and are full with good stuff, we will have no desire to go back to bridges we’ve already crossed—to make the same mistakes.  We will be more determined to move forward with greater faith and confidence!  And be more equipped to overcome any more ‘bridges’ that we may come to.  I know this is true because I have been able to feel great joy as I read the scriptures and as I serve others.   So go fatten up on the WORD!!  It will tell you all things what ye should do  🙂  Satan will have NO power over us as we do so.  That is a great promise from God!

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