It had rained all night. The roads were muddy and the potholes were filled to the brim. This was also the weekly market way in the town.
A farmer named Harry was also enrout to the market. He had to reach the market early so that he can sell his hay. It was very difficult for the horses to drag the load through the deep mud. Suddenly a wheel of the horse cart sank into the mire and it would move no further.
The more the horses pulled, the deeper the wheel sank. Harry jumped out the cart and stood beside his cart. He looked around but could not find anyone to help him.
Cursing his luck, he looked dejected and defeated. He was too lazy to make the slightest effort to get down on 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 Harry. He asked Harry, “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 wheel and you will soon find the way out.”
Harry was ashamed of himself. He bent down and put his shoulder to the wheel and urged on the horses.
In no time the wheel was out of the mire. Harry had learnt his lesson. He thanked God and carried on his journey happily.
Lesson: God helps those who help themselves.