Have you ever noticed that Jesus used common everyday objects and events to make his point? Jesus talked a lot about planting, farming, and fishing since that was what the people of that time could relate to. If Jesus was using a parable in today’s time, he might use technology as his examples.
The last two Sunday’s, I’ve been talking about seeds. One post was about how environment and circumstances can play a part in your spiritual journey. The second post was on how we shouldn’t compare ourselves to others, and how we all can still reach our goal even if not at the same time.
Today’s post was inspired yet again by the seeds that I received as a gift. In the Bible, Jesus talked about seeds, and these seeds seem to be talking to me. The first time I posted about my seeds, one little seed had sprouted, even though I planted seven seeds. The next time that I posted, a second seed had broken through the soil.
I was sure that two seeds were all that I would see sprout, but lo and behold, another seed sprouted this week. I had already given up hope of any more seeds living, and I was sure that the rest of the seeds were dead.
My daughter loves odd things. She likes things that aren’t the “norm” for most people her age. When she was in sixth grade, she saw where her teacher had an Iguana for sale with its tank, and she bought it with her own money. She was thrilled; I was not! This was not a baby, it was about a foot long, and it looked scary to me.
The Iguana had to be given food and water, but I was terrified every time I had to put my hand inside its tank. The only reason that I would even put my hand inside the tank at all was that the Iguana never seemed to move much. When it did move, it was slow and didn’t make any fast movements.
I felt sorry for the Iguana, though, because no one touched it. I certainly wasn’t going to touch it, Joe wasn’t going anywhere near it, and Ashleigh wasn’t as brave about touching it as she thought she would be. But, we kept feeding it, and I would notice that it watched me with its eyes and that it had moved from the perch it was on earlier.
One day, the Iguana had its eyes closed and was in the same spot as the day before. I didn’t think much about that, but the next day he was the same. Once day three rolled around, I was pretty sure that the Iguana had died. I couldn’t see it breathing, it hadn’t moved in three days, and its food was still in the tank.
I told Joe that he needed to take the Iguana and the tank out of the house because it had died. He said that he wasn’t touching that thing; he didn’t care if it was dead. Ashleigh wouldn’t move it either, and I had no intention of moving it. I decided that I would get a friend of mine to come and take it out of the house the next day since they weren’t afraid of Iguanas.
The next morning when I walked into the kitchen, I was startled when the Iguana moved its tail. WHAT?!? I thought that thing was dead; it hadn’t moved or eaten in three days. I would have died myself if I had reached inside the tank, thinking that it was dead, and the thing moved. Joe told me that if anything ever happened to him that he wanted another opinion before he was buried. Lol!
I had written the Iguana off as dead, just like I had the other seeds that hadn’t sprouted. How many things have you written off because you thought it was dead? Maybe it wasn’t an Iguana or a pack of seeds, but it might have been a relationship that you thought was gone forever. I’ve known family members who haven’t spoken for years, marriages that are on the rocks, and children who’ve wandered away from the fold. Maybe you’ve written off the dream that you’ve had of going into business. Or, perhaps you’ve written off yourself. You might think that you are too old, too slow, or not deserving, and you’ve given up hope.
The Iguana was not like Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead.
John 11: 38-44
38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
All things are possible through Jesus. Martha had hope in Jesus even after her brother had died.
22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
Martha didn’t know that Jesus was “going” to raise Lazarus, but she believed that He “could.” And, He can do the same for you. Whatever you have written off, pray to the Lord, ask for His resurrecting power, and then believe! Be like Martha!!!
To God Goes The Glory!
Have A Blessed Day!