As I left the house early this morning, I was blessed with the beauty of a clear, pre-dawn sky. The planets Venus, Jupiter, and Mars were all in view. I wished I could stay home from work and enjoy the wonders in the heavens above. I felt short-changed. Denied something I wanted. Then I realized the paradox. If I didn’t have to go to work, I would not have gotten out of bed in time to see the beautiful sky. How did I not see that coming?
A few days ago, I saved a worm’s life. He was wriggling like mad on the sidewalk, hopelessly removed from the comfort, safety, and security of the nearest dirt. He must have crawled out there during a rain storm, got lost, and since he had no fingers with which to work his GPS, was doomed to wriggle around the concrete until exhausted and dried up.
Lucky for him, I came along and noticed his plight. As I plucked him from the sidewalk, he screamed “Don’t eat me!” I tried to assure him I was not an Early Bird, nor did I have similar culinary taste. He was not convinced and therefore continued to wriggle frantically, trying to escape the discomfort of my pinching fingers. It did not matter. I tossed him to the dirt and continued on my way. I saved a worms life.
I am sure if you were to discuss the incident with the worm, you would get an entirely different account of the events that occurred. But then, he is a worm. And I am a human being. Our difference in perspective and capacity for understanding is vast. Incomparable really. Kinda like God and me. Only God cares for me enough to die for me. I would NOT go that far for a worm.
My son and I went for a walk yesterday and saw something unexpected. We started out walking to our church, which is only about four tenths of a mile from our house. When we got there, we decided to walk down a path on the back of the property. That path led us down a steep hill, where ultimately, we made our way into a small patch of woods. I decided to show my son something I had found once before.