Thursday, May 9, 2013
When I saw these two iguanas in a zoo in Tucson, Arizona, I immediately thought about the old song, "He ain't heavy, he's my brother." Of course, I have to change that to "She ain't heavy, she's my sister."
There's no doubt we all look a whole lot prettier than these two rugged looking individuals, but we can learn a lot from their postures. I think it's so sweet that the top iguana has a protective arm and hand around her friend and she seems to be vigilently protecting her in what might be a weak moment. I think the lower iguana looks a bit peaked, as my Mother used to say (which translates, weak-eyed and unwell). The iguana on top has a very determined look on her face and I sure wouldn't want to cross her!
I'm reminded of the verse in Proverbs: "A friend loves at all times, and a brother/sister is born for adversity" Proverbs 17:17.
I also like the verse about how a friend can help a friend be the best she can be. In Proverbs it says, "As iron sharpens iron, so one man/woman sharpens another" Proverbs 27:18. As we pray for one another and for our sisters in Christ, we are able to uphold, encourage, and even vigilently protect our sister friend in what might be a weak moment. We can help keep each other sharp and encouraged in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Friends are a blessing from God. Let's remember the posture of our little iguana friend and seek to uphold our sisters in prayer and encouragement.