Lesson from the Dragon of Kraków


A dragon terrorized Kraków, Poland, by eating virgins and livestock. The king announced whomever killed the dragon could marry his daughter. Many men of might and power tried to kill the dragon, but the dragon always won the duel.

A young shoemaker realized the only way to kill the dragon was not physical strength, but by using brain power.

He took a sheep, gored, and stuffed it with sulphur, then carefully stitched up the animal.  He left his bait beside the river near the dragon’s lair. As predicted, the dragon spied this tasty morsel and devoured it. The dragon’s innerds began burning severely, the worst stomach ache imaginable. He thrust his head into the river to satisfy his unquenchable thirst.  The stomach of sulphur plus much water caused the dragon to explode. The shoemaker won the princess and the people lived happily ever after!

The moral: it is not always might or power which wins life’s battles. For the Christian, we have access to a supernatural power. In fact, that power, our awesome God, promises we will always win our battles. Usually, he does not give us the solution we are expecting, but one which brings a better solution than we could have imagined.


About 9awalsh

A genealogist and writer who has uncovered legacy stories which must be told. I also write a blog, Deciphering Life, trying to figure out why life becomes so tangled -- www.9awalsh.wordpress.com
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