This is the Day…Wednesday
September 16, 2020
One of the benefits of living in the country is the opportunity to experience a plethora of wildlife. I frequently witness flocks of geese flying by in their “V” formation. In the early morning deer can often be seen strolling through our backyard. As one church member recently told me, “The deer are coming by to see what the new residents have planted for them to eat!” We even saw a rather large beaver running through our front yard recently.
Now, although our previous home was in the city, we also experienced some wildlife there. It was not unusual to hear the owls hooting at dinner time or to see chipmunks scurrying around. Occasionally a large turtle would wander up out of the Willowbrook creek and, of course, there were the fish in my Koi pond.
However, there is one animal that has shown up at our new residence that I never saw at our previous home. It is about four inches long with a gray and brown striped body and a beautiful long blue tail. I have always referred to this animal as a Blue-Tailed Lizard, although it is more accurately called a Skink because it has noticeably short legs and a removable tail that will regenerate.
I have been fascinated with the activity of a blue-tailed lizard since I was a young boy. It is amazing to see how fast they can move even though their legs are disproportionally short compared to their body length. Once or twice when I was young, I was able to catch one of these speedy lizards. The lizard was very docile in my hand, but as soon as I would set him down, he would take off like a streak of lightning!
During these days of isolation, separation and even sacrifice, this is a good lesson for us to remember. “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret to being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:12-13)
A blue-tailed lizard is a good example of someone making the most of what they have been given. I am sure the lizard is required to move those short legs ten times faster than a normal animal to get that large body moving. It seems odd that God did not give that animal appropriate legs to suit his body. But maybe God did. The lizard has adapted to his circumstance and has learned to get the most out of what God has given him.
Through the trials of illness, the pain of loss and the uncertainty of a Global Pandemic, Christ strengthens us to overcome. To be more than conquerors. If we focus on our limitations, we will neglect to see God’s greatness. Just ask that blue-tailed lizard as he streaks by.