The Last Revival

A long time ago, in a world very far from here, two fingers were having a conversation.
“I like you,” said the one.
“I like you too,” said the other.
“You are prettier than that toe over there,” said the first.
“So are you,” said the other.

And so a long and intimate conversation began between the two fingers. They were amazed at how similar they were. They could relate with one another’s frustrations, hurts and dreams. They found it astonishing that they both preferred to touch rather than be touched, and they had many other traits in common. They soon became best friends, and began spending almost all of their free time together, speaking about the things that fingers most like to speak about.

One day a large finger arrived in their part of the world. They heard that he was giving finger talks, and so they attended one of them. They were stunned. The large finger articulated everything they had ever spoken about, only better and with more authority. He spoke so well that many other parts of the body also came to listen to him. The toes, especially, found him very appealing. But he also attracted hands, ears, eyes, noses and so on.
“This is the day of the finger!” he said.
“This is our day!” the fingers answered.
“Now everybody together: This is the day of the finger!” he shouted.
“This is the day of the finger!” everybody shouted, even those body parts who were least like fingers.

These events came to be known as the Finger Revival. The entire countryside was transformed by the understanding of how remarkable the fingers were. One would think that the other body parts would have been offended, or felt inferior, but in fact they did not. The large finger had taught well, and he had convinced all the body parts that it was quite possible for all of them to do finger things. Of course they would never be as good as the fingers, but the honour of being allowed to do what the fingers did was more than enough.

Many decades later, when community halls with finger signs on their roofs were found all over the countryside, two toes were sitting on a park bench.
“I like you,” said the one.
“I like you too,” said the other.

You guessed it. The whole process repeated itself. There was one difference, though. During the ensuing Toe Revival there was fierce resistance from the fingers. Some of them joined the revival and started doing toe things, which was not too difficult as toes and fingers are very similar, but mostly the fingers were outraged.
“Who do these toes think they are?” the leading fingers asked. “We need to warn the body parts against them. They are destroying all our work.”

This led to a very sad state of affairs in the country. Toes and fingers were fighting like never before, and not a few of the finger community halls were divided. Eventually the toes erected their own halls with toe signs on their roofs, and the body parts could decide for themselves which halls they would attend.

This went on for a while, but then the Ear Revival broke out. And after that two kidneys happened to run into one another and experienced an affinity that led to a very unusual revival.

So it went on for centuries, until each part of the body had had its own revival. You would drive into a small town and find twenty or thirty different community halls scattered all over, each with different body parts constructed on their roofs. It was truly an amazing sight.

One day, towards the end of the age of that world, it so happened that an eye and a tongue sat down next to one another.
“I don’t like you,” said the eye.
“I don’t like you either,” said the tongue.
They were quiet for a while.
“What is it that you do?” asked the eye.
“I lick ice cream,” replied the tongue.
“I have always wanted to lick ice cream,” said the eye.
“You can, but unfortunately you have to be connected to me,” said the tongue.
Again they were quiet.
“So what do you do?” asked the tongue
“I look at sunsets,” replied the eye.
“Wow,” said the tongue, “I have always wanted to do that.”
“You can, but unfortunately you have to be connected to me,” said the eye.
They were quiet yet again.
“Perhaps we should think of connecting,” said the tongue.
“Perhaps we should,” replied the eye.

And so the two of them connected, and they ended up spending many happy and interesting hours together, licking ice cream and looking at sunsets.

One day, while they were doing so, a solitary ear came past.
“Who are you and what are you doing?” asked the ear.
“There is no name for us,” replied the strange connection, “but we don’t mind because we’re having fun. We are licking ice cream and looking at the sunset.”
“Gosh, that does sound like fun. I’ve always wanted to do both those things,” said the ear.
“You can, but unfortunately you have to be connected to us,” said the connection.
For a while no one said anything.
“So what do you do?” asked the connection.
“I’m listening to Beethoven’s Fifth,” replied the ear.
“Oh wow…” said the connection.

I’m sure you know what happened next.

And so the last revival broke out. It was unlike any revival that had preceded it. It had no name, because the bigger the connection became, the more difficult it was to give it a name. And so it came to be known as The Anonymous Revival or The Revival of the Body. There were no strong body parts leading it. It did not exclude all of the other revivals, as every single one of the previous ones did, but included all of them. For the first time it was believed that all the other revivals were necessary, but only in preparation for the Anonymous Revival. It was truly something phenomenal.

That world is no more, in case you wondered. The final result of the last revival was something so amazing that the old world could not contain it. The Body, once mature and free from focusing on its parts, was taken to a world as glorious, whole and complete as itself.

We believe some sort of a marriage took place there, but it is said that the occasion was so wonderful that words cannot describe it. So I’m not even going to try. Besides, this story is for those in other worlds that may need to hear it, and that is why I wanted to share it with you.

(This post is the seventeenth link in a chain blog, started by Alan Knox, on the topic ‘One Another’. Please have a look back through the other links and comments to join in the topic. You can even join in the chain – read the rules below to participate.)

Links in the ‘One Another’ Chain Blog
1. Chain Blog: One Another – Alan Knox
2. Linking One Another – Swanny
3. What Does It Mean to Love One Another? – Chuck McKnight
4. The treasure of ‘One Another’ – Jim Puntney
5. This is how the world shall recognise you… – Kathleen Ward
6. Accepting one another in love – Chris Jefferies
7. One Another-ing: A meta-narrative for the church – Greg Gamble (also see part 2)
8. Individualism and ‘one another’ – Pieter Pretorious
9. All Alone with One Another – Jeremy Myers
10. When it’s OK for Christians to compete – Joshua Lawson
11. Jesus Christ: the Corner Stone for One Another – Peter
12. Be Superficial With One Another – Jon Hutton
13. The Unmentionable One Anothers – Alan Knox
14. Loving more fully and widely – Chris Jefferies
15. The one another weapon – Dan Allen
16a. Corporate one anothering (Part 1) – David Bolton
16b. Corporate UN-Anothering (Part 2) – David Bolton
17. The Last Revival – Tobie van der Westhuizen
18. Love: A ‘One Another’ Comic – Dan Allen
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34 thoughts on “The Last Revival

  1. Revien van der Westhuizen November 14, 2012 / 10:11 am

    I like this very much! It is a very fitting analogy!

  2. david bolton November 14, 2012 / 3:36 pm

    Nicely done, Tobie! A great analogy expressing a great truth. May the Lord hasten the day!
    Blessings, my brother.

    • naturalchurch November 14, 2012 / 3:42 pm

      Thanks David, and what a glorious day it is going to be!

    • Tobie November 16, 2012 / 9:47 am

      Thanks Dylan. I made this part of Alan Knox’s chain blog (See above). Why don’t you participate? Your contribution will be awesome, I’m sure.

    • Tobie November 16, 2012 / 8:25 pm

      Thanks, Lynley.

  3. Tony Turner November 16, 2012 / 8:59 am


  4. Tobie November 16, 2012 / 10:13 am

    Thanks Tony, and thanks for visiting the blog.

  5. Kat Huff November 16, 2012 / 3:02 pm

    How utterly amazing! This story, this astounding story is far beyond my words to begin to describe! I’m in the stillness of the blessing of Awe here!

  6. Kat Huff November 16, 2012 / 3:03 pm

    Can I reblog? Or is that allowed in this chain?

    • Tobie November 16, 2012 / 4:05 pm

      Hi Kat. Thanks for the comment, and PLEASE reblog. (We need to get this out to all the body parts, you know…)

  7. Alan Knox November 16, 2012 / 3:06 pm

    Thanks for taking part in the “One Another” chain blog! I agree with the other commenters: this is a great parable!


    • Tobie November 16, 2012 / 4:57 pm

      Thanks Alan. And thanks for starting the chain. I’m glad I discovered it the same day that I posted!

  8. Kat Huff November 16, 2012 / 4:48 pm

    Reblogged this on Harvest of Pearls and commented:
    How utterly amazing! This story, this astounding simple story is far beyond my words to begin to describe! Enjoy!

  9. Jon Zens November 16, 2012 / 6:51 pm

    This was a wonderful parable that pinpoints some of our woeful tendencies and the hope of Christ breaking through our layers of one-body-part revivals.

    • Tobie November 16, 2012 / 8:14 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Jon. You are a writer (and editor) after my own heart!

  10. jimpuntney November 16, 2012 / 10:55 pm

    Tobie, this story may get legs, no the less a beautiful expression of what revival is. Blessing my brother!

    PS I like ice cream, and sunsets.

    • Tobie November 17, 2012 / 4:18 am

      Thanks Jim. Let’s hope that it does!

      PS I like Beethoven’s Fifth.

  11. Chris Jefferies November 19, 2012 / 3:49 pm

    Sir, excellent story. The story’s not true, of course. But it is the truth and it contains the truth! I loved it 🙂 Well done, Tobie.

    HalleluYah and Amen!

  12. naturalchurch November 19, 2012 / 3:56 pm

    Thanks for the comment, Chris. I discovered your blog only recently, and what a blessing it is. Bless you my brother!

  13. david bolton November 21, 2012 / 5:31 am

    Part 2 of link 16 in the chain blog is now up on “‘Corporate UN-Anothering’: It’s Root and Remedy”.

    • david bolton November 26, 2012 / 3:10 am

      Hi Tobie,
      A glitch developed with the link to this latest post. I re-posted Part 2 and the new link is now here: . Thanks! -David

    • david bolton November 30, 2012 / 5:08 pm

      Yes, my two-parts are considered link 16 (a and b, if you will), even though part 2 was posted after # 17: “The Last Revival’. Dan is now #18 on the list. Hope that clears up any possible confusion. 🙂

  14. kangaroodort October 11, 2013 / 2:26 pm


    I am preaching on Romans 12 this Sunday and I will have to find a way to fit this excellent parable in. May God use it to inspire my church body towards greater unity and a passion for discovering and using our various gifts for God’s purpose and glory.

    God Bless,

    • naturalchurch October 12, 2013 / 7:08 am

      Thanks for commenting, Ben, and many blessings for Sunday!

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