Its a warm and humid morning in Indonesia. A small lizard has been successful at hunting insects among the branches of a tall tree. It feels good to satisfy one’s hunger. But wait … is that a tree snake crawling along the very same branch? The lizard has nowhere to go. He’s about to be added to someone else’s menu. Adrenaline kicks in. He does something seemingly ‘unlizard-like’ – he jumps!
But this is no panicked leap from one form of death to another. This is a controlled jump. This particular lizard belongs to a family of flying ‘dragons’ of the Draco genus. These fascinating lizards have a membrane of skin along their ribs which they fan out to form a kind of living parachute. This membrane allows the lizard to glide to safety. Good-bye tree snake!
Sometimes we find ourselves in situations similar to that lizard in Indonesia. We’re minding our own business when suddenly something highly unpleasant comes along. We feel threatened; either physically, emotionally, spiritually or all three. Perhaps we find out we have a life-threatening illness or perhaps a spouse broadsides us with a request for divorce. Perhaps we discover that a trusted spiritual teacher has behaved poorly or perhaps we unexpectedly lose our job.
Like the lizard, adrenaline kicks in. We’re stressed to the max! We want to be elsewhere – in a safe place, in a different situation. When faced with a threat our lizard friend chose to do something out of the ordinary. He jumped, putting his trust, his life onto a small membrane of skin that would slow his descent as he glided to a safer place.
Sometimes we need to put our trust, our faith into a part of ourselves that we don’t always use. We need to trust that there is some part of us that knows the best thing to do in our troublesome situation. We need to trust in our ability to navigate to a safe place.
The God within us, our highest selves, is our parachute to safety. In our anxiety and fear, we often look outside of us for a way out. If only we knew we need look no further than ourselves for God is closer than our very breath. We live our crazy lives with a safety net. That safety net is our higher selves. So take a ‘leap’ of faith when difficulties strike. You won’t fall – you’ll be caught within the loving arms of your Creator.
Peace to all
For those of you who live in the Phoenix area and have an interest in reptiles, check out the wonderful collection at The Phoenix Zoo including the impressive Komodo dragon. For more information go to their website at: www.phoenixzoo.org