An interesting system has been used for capturing monkeys in the jungles of
Africa. The goal is to take the monkeys alive and unharmed for shipment to
zoos of America. In an extremely humane way, the captors use heavy bottles,
with long narrow necks, into which they deposit a handful of sweet-smelling
The bottles are dropped on the jungle floor, and the captors return
next morning to find a monkey trapped next to each bottle.
How is it accomplished? The monkey, attracted by the aromatic scent of the
to investigate the bottle, the nuts, and is trapped. The monkey can't take
its hand out of the bottle as long it's holding the nuts, but it is
to open its hand and let them go. The bottle is too heavy to carry away, so
the monkey is trapped.
We may smile at the foolish monkeys, but how often we hold to our problems
tenaciously as the monkeys hold to the nuts in the bottle. And so,
figuratively we carry our bottle around with us, feeling very sorry for
ourselves, and begging for sympathy from others, even from God.