Observing this Gecko whilst on holiday recently, its life seemed to be about “Eat or Be Eaten” .. well, I guess it’s something like that. It may have had a close encounter with a bigger predator if the tail (or lack thereof) is anything to go by
This little Gecko certainly gave me some food for thought. Each evening, if I left my bathroom light on for a while, it would attach itself to my bathroom window in an attempt to catch a few bugs. The wonderful, tiny sucker-shaped toes enabled it to move around the window like a high-speed skater, and it would leap onto any unsuspecting bug that had the misfortune of landing on the window.
The bug was swallowed before it even knew what had happened, then the whole process would begin again. If I switched the light off he would wiggle away to look for a ‘better offer’, but put the light back on, and he would reappear. As I watched, I wondered if he ever missed or fell off – it was a long way down for a little chap such as this from the height of the 1st floor flat I was staying in. It held its ground admirably and never once stumbled or missed its target.
I looked for it each evening to see if it would come. It did. I was mesmerised. I have no idea what it looked like other than the view from my photograph. It never even entered my head to try and find out. He looked just like, ‘this’.
Being on holiday, I had time to do the little things, to take time to look and observe things I would normally just gloss over in the ‘real’ world. This little Gecko could not be anything else, or aspired to be nothing more. It had no lofty aspirations of being a Nile Crocodile for instance It was a Gecko and that was all. It brings glory to the Lord Jesus for doing and being what it was designed to be.
It got me thinking about how uncomplicated our lives would be if we did the same. Just being who God originally intended us to be – wholly dependant and living fully, both in and for Him, taking Him into every account of our lives, living and moving and having our very being in Him as He designed us to be.
Our lives would be more sure, our emotions a lot less tumultuous and we would live each day as it arrived. We would not end up fretting or hassling about the details, because we would fully grasp that He is in the details and just flow with Him as He moves us through our day, in the knowledge that even if things don’t go according to (our) plan, His plan is more important anyway. We fear so much because we trust too little. Our lives are still too important to us and we have our own ideas of what we expect not only from life, but from Him too.
We need to ask Him to show us where we hold on, so we can ask Him to show us how to let go and to make Him All. In our own strength, we will fail. I know as I have tried and failed for more years than I want to or care to remember. Life changes when you hand the reins of your life over to him. I once heard that living the Lord’s way with Him, was tantamount to giving Him the keys, not even sitting in the passenger seat or back seat, but climbing into the trunk, closing it and whispering to Him where would He like to go.
With our submission to the Lord, He then has free sway** in our lives which allows Him to help Himself to us, and then we can live like this with Him. He will do it in us. It’s how it was originally designed to be and through the finished work of Jesus on the Cross, it is attainable again but only in that, and that alone.
**Sway means dominion; governing authority, to be master; reign