Friday, October 12, 2018
We're Off to See the Lizard!
God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
It's October here in Georgia, but you wouldn't know it from the Indian Summer temperatures. Although it's predicted that we will finally see a break in these by the end of this week, this past weekend when granddaughter, Virginia Rose, and I spend time with my Mom down in Oxford, Georgia, it is nothing but oppressive, sweltering heat.
We may not enjoy the sultry atmosphere, but there is one creature that thrives in it: The Green Anole lizard.
These particular inhabitants often slip through cracks in the floor of Mom's screened in porch to scurry and explore the human environs for a change of pace, never imagining that small, inquisitive hands could or would become intent upon catching them.
"A lizard, Gammie!" Virginia squeals excitedly. "There's a lizard out here! Oh, wait, I see another one!"
Virginia is off and running, but so are the lizards. Ironically, when I stay with Mom for ten days in August, I never spot a one. Now they appear with frequency, bordering, in my mind, on the miraculous; a delightful gift for my granddaughter. Virginia is transfixed by the lizards and determined to capture one. While I have absolutely no inclination to place my hands on these wiggly, flighty reptiles, Virginia does, following in the footsteps of her mother, Sarah, who used to engage in this very same pursuit many years ago.
No, she's not using the end of the broom stick to hurt the lizard, but to flush it out of hiding.
There are some lingering spider webs on Mom's porch, something Virginia is loathe to touch, and I can't blame her. I am leery, too!
Sometimes, the lizards run high up on the screen and out of reach. Other times, they dart down through the openings in the porch floors, or hide behind the cross beams. Still, Virginia doesn't give up hope that she can grab one at last.
Sadly, when she does finally seize one, I'm inside the house without my phone camera at the ready. But I'm so glad Virginia realizes her dream, lets the lizard go free, and is pumped up for the next pursuit.
The next challenge to surmount.
The next achievement.
The lessons I learn from Virginia's hope, faith and perseverance in her desire to come into personal contact with God's "least of these" are profound. I need not fear a challenge, I should welcome it. If I'm striving, in God's will, to achieve, I know my attempts will be blessed, and that He will provide the strength and fortitude to see it through. And my dreams? God honors every one when my will is submitted to His.
Powerful lessons that all of us would be wise to take to heart.
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