Wednesday, July 14, 2010

WFW: Grasshopper's Journey

"Now the Lord had said unto Abram,
Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred,
and from thy father's house,
unto a land that I will show thee:"
Genesis 12:1 (KJV)

Bear was in her Bearmobile, zipping down the highway at 60 mph when she first noticed the miniature hitchhiker desparately clinging to her windshield wiper. She watched as he adjusted his position slightly to get a better grip with his suction feet. The tiny feelers on his head were waving wildly in the wind.

Bear laughed. This little hopper was on more of a journey than he'd ever bargained for, back when he'd innocently climbed aboard at the Den's driveway.

She decided she couldn't pass up such a picture, and carefully reached into a pack for her cell phone camera, while keeping an eye on highway. By propping the camera up against the glass, and adjusting it little by little, (holding it at arm's length and trying to center the viewfinder by guesstimate) she was able to catch a few shots.

It seemed to her that the grasshopper was even hamming it up a bit, leaning against the glass sometimes, seeming to pose for the camera. But he might have just been yelling to Bear to stop taking pictures, and pull the car over somewhere so he could get off this crazy machine.

Forty miles later, Bear gave him his chance. In fact, she felt so sorry for the poor little guy that she pulled to the curb as soon as she got off the highway.

The grasshopper seemed to catch his breath a bit, looking around cautiously, still clinging tightly to the windshield wiper.

He couldn't seem to believe it was over.

Then, apparently deciding it was truly safe, he made what must have been at least a 15 foot leap, to solid concrete. A second long leap and he was out of sight, heading for a distant patch of grass.

As she pulled away from the curb, Bear wondered what his life would be like in his new town. She wondered what he felt like, being so unexpectedly transplanted from the cool grassy shade around the Den, to a new, strange town, so far away... in a grasshopper's eyes -- a world away.

She shook her head, still amazed the grasshopper had been able to hold on at highway speeds for so long. The little guy was certainly a trooper.

Sometimes it seemed to Bear that she too seemed to find herself unexpectedly hurtling along to an unknown destination in life, (being whisked up in the Lord's Providential Plan), feeling as vulnerable as a grasshopper precariously clinging to a windshield wiper at highway speeds in the hot July afternoon.

She decided she could learn much from her tiny hitchhiking friend about how to hang on at times like those... Until that final great leap for joy that comes at the end of every such journey... when faith finally becomes sight.

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Denise said...

I loved this.

jo.attalife said...

Oh, lovely post!!! And too, too true! Sometimes we can't wait for the darkness to be over (or for the ride to end), not knowing that in all that stress and bustle, Someone is watching over us, delighting in us, protecting us, bringing us to a new home. And all the while, calling forth songs of joy.

Beth in NC said...

Poor grasshopper. I've had that happen before too. Ha, creative though to think of that scripture! Love it.

Happy WFW!

Valerie@composition-life said...

What a neat concept. Good children's story!

Ozjane said...

There is no better ride than when Christ has the steering wheel of our lives.

Missie said...

Cute WFW and story!

Wanda said...

Oh I really enjoyed reading this. It's great to see how God reveals His truths to others. I wouldn't have been at peace with the grasshopper writing along where I could see him.

LauraLeeShaw said...

What a sweet lil story that puts "faith not sight" in a whole new perspective. I love it! I want to be willing to go wherever He leads me. Happy WFW!

Susan said...

Awesome word...

Have a blessed day!

Bobbi said...

Very fun...I haven't had a story told to ME in a long time! Thanks!!

Karen said...

Now I really loved this....

partialemptynester said...

OH, I just laughed and laughed as I read this! I just love that WFW can be so fun...God gets such a kick outta stuff like this! I always feel guilty if I have "fun" with WFW, but then I read other's posts and know that it's okay and that God is smiling, too! I posted a verse from Proverbs today with a picture of my two smilin dogs, seriously, they are smiling as big as your grasshopper...animals can be hams...oh, I so didn't mean that against those poor little piggies...k, you got me on a roll, I shouldn't be poking such fun...but you started it...

GREAT POST...TONS OF FUN! Thanks for the laughs!

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