Note from CSE:
This blog post was written December 28, 2010, by Dr. Hovind. We delayed in publishing it, and decided instead to post it for Christmas this year.
Interestingly enough, there recently has been a buzz in the news regarding the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Concern has been raised as to the nature of the story, and the presence of bullying. The following post is about the author of the original story, and it’s purpose to encourage others. (You can read about the current issue of “bullying” by clicking here.)
KH: Hey Lord, these are sure depressing times for a lot of folks. Many are wondering why You allow this and what good can come from it all.
GOD: I know, Son. I have everything under control. My children produce great things when they are under stress. They don’t usually see it as a good thing at the time though. I have plans for My children that will make them forget all these problems once they see it from My side (Rom. 8:17-28). For now, maybe if you go talk with Bob it will help you see a tiny part of the picture. Let’s go back about sixty years to Chicago and maybe Bob’s story can help you understand… There he is, Son. Go talk with him a few minutes.
KH: OK, Lord… Excuse me, sir, the Lord told me to ask you about your story. Do you have a minute to tell me?
Robert L. May AKA “Bob”: Sure! Have a seat. I love telling my story. It’s a miracle!
As a boy I was pretty small and was always picked on by others. I was different and just never fit in anywhere so I lived a pretty lonely childhood. Looking back I was probably a little bitter at God for making me different. Nobody really liked me or let me play with them. When I graduated from college, I was lucky enough to get a job as a copywriter for Montgomery Wards during the depression. Life was hard for everyone in those days! We struggled and were making it OK when my wife got cancer. That wiped us out financially! She died a few days before Christmas in 1938. My poor little four-year-old daughter was devastated! She didn’t understand why she couldn’t have a normal family and a normal mommy. We lived in a tiny apartment in the slums of Chicago. I couldn’t even afford to buy her a Christmas present that year.
KH: Wow! That’s bad! So what did you do?
Bob: I gave her what I could — a story. I wanted her to understand that God can take our tragedies and use it for good. I made up a story of an animal that was different from all the rest and nobody wanted to play with him. He was sad too. Then, one day it all worked together for good (Rom. 8:28) when the very thing that made him different became a blessing instead!
KH: What animal was that?
Bob: His name was Rudolph. He was a reindeer with a bright shiny nose and nobody liked him. I told her the story over and over. She never got tired of hearing it! I tried to make it better each time. She didn’t know it but it was really my life story told through that little deer. I put it in book form for her and the manager at work asked if he could see it. He liked it and offered to buy it for a nominal price. I sold it to Wards and they ended up printing and selling over six million copies!
KH: Too bad you sold the rights to it! I’d love to get one of those copies. Do you ever wish you had not sold it?
Bob: Well, yes and no. They made a fortune that’s for sure but when a major publisher wanted the story, Wards gave the rights back to me! I love my boss and my company! They didn’t have to do that but they did.
KH: I’ve never heard of that either! That was a really great thing for them to do! So, what happened?
Bob: The publisher made a deal with me and sold millions! I became very wealthy! I got remarried and my brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, made a song about Rudolph. Bing Crosby wasn’t interested but Gene Autry, the singing cowboy made a recording and it sold more copies than any other Christmas song ever except White Christmas.
KH: That’s amazing! That song and story has helped lots of boys and girls who are different feel like they are special and can be used too!
Bob: That’s exactly why I did it. It worked beyond my wildest dreams. If I had enjoyed a normal childhood and tragedy had not struck my life so many times, I probably never would have written it and would be a poor copywriter at Wards today.
KH: Wow! God sure uses the worst to make something great sometimes, doesn’t He?
Bob: I sure couldn’t see it while it was happening but looking back… I am sure glad God sent that time of sorrow and suffering.
KH: Thanks for the story, Bob. That is very encouraging!
Bob: You are most welcome.
GOD: Let’s go home, Son… does that help?
KH: Yes, Lord. It sure does. Moses couldn’t see You until You had passed by (Ex. 33:22). I sure see Your work better after You pass by in my life, too. Are you going to use my prison time and trial to do something that will help encourage others, Lord?
GOD: I always do, Son, if you qualify under Romans 8:28. Just love Me and stay in the middle of My purpose for your life and I’ll work it all out for good. Go walk a few laps Son, I’m also working through you on a few of those men in there. I’ve got your back.