Life is simple. If you want to understand it easily then there is only one analogy. We are all forced into a synchronised diving competition. If we mimic the movements of our partner to the fullest then we receive a reward at the end. To add a little more suspense to the story there are two rewards and two partners to choose to mimic.
There is a diver on our left and a diver on our right. The diver on our left has no tricks, no new improvements, no clear rhythm. He simply dives back first into the pool and at such an angle that might break bones seeing as the pool if very far away. The second diver puts great movement to his routine and many new tricks and lands in the safest way possible. They both step forward and it is up to you to mimic them.
Only problem is, you have no idea what type of dives they are doing. They both get one minute to explain their routine to you. The one’s on the left seems to make more sense so you go with it. A splash and a ringing bell starts all three divers off. Sure enough at the bottom, at the end of your routine, you have successfully imitated the diver on the left and broken you back bone.
The reward is not all to cheery too. Both you and the diver, having broken backs and having done nothing impressive through the whole routine, are sentenced away from the competition forever. You can never regain the glory of the Olympic world. You are forever cast out. The dive also paralysed you both from the neck down and there is only a lifetime bound to the hospital bed waiting for you.
As you are being carried away you linger to hear the reward of the other diver. The one who was on your right. Because of how impressive his moves were he can ask for anything in the world he wants. The gold, the power, anything. Suddenly and without you expecting it, he turns to look at you. He claims that the one thing he wants, out of pity for you, is to give you another chance to dive.
You cannot believe your ears. Tears flood and spill endlessly as you are brought back before the judges. They ask you if you are willing to give it another try. The tears stop then as you consider yourself and say, “My body is too broken and I am paralysed. The last thing I can do is dive, especially in unison with the brilliance demonstrated by him.” Everyone nods their head in agreement. You hear the diver on your left also calling you out and saying you can’t really do it.
But the winner turns to the judges and says again, “If it is possible. Let him come up with me once you double the height of my board. When we get to the top, I will jump alone and whatever score I get will be his score.” There is a gasp from the audience especially from the second diver who now regrets the pathetic dive he gave. The judge however says, “If this is to be accepted, and because it is your action and not his, I will only accept it if the record is in your name and not his. He will however receive the reward.”
Now everyone turns to you. You have a chance of glory but not in your name but the name of the diver on the right who so mercifully gave you a second chance.
This is where the crossroads come in life. The diver on the left calls out and says he should be given a similar chance even though he started out in the same position as the diver on the right. It cannot be done seeing as he also was an instructor. Some choose still to listen to him. Others see the double triumph and feet to be perfomed and imagine what it would be like to have their name under such a feet . They cannot accept the help if their name is not attached to the win. Yet another is so relieved for the opportunity to be still among the Olympic family that he cares nothing for whose name will be up in heights.
This last pair are taken to the very top together. When you look down at a frightening double height that the right diver has to make for your sake, this is also a chance to understand more. Some do. Many don’t. The man jumps regardless and you receive the same reward but under his name. Anything you want and it is yours.
This is life and salvation in a nutshell. The left diver being the devil who guides us to a life of regret, evil and hopelessness. The right diver being Christ who gives a chance at true life if we are only willing to be humble and learn His ways.