A Science article by Henry Fountain in the New York Times yesterday tells an interesting story about the little Gecko whose animated likeness has been so cleverly used in the TV Gecko/Geico Insurance commercials.
According to the author, “Like some other animals, the gecko can perform a neat trick when threatened by a predator: it can self-amputate its tail. The dropped tail serves to distract the predator, and by losing it the lizard can run faster.” The article goes on to say that scientists are interested in the way that the tail seems to have a life of it’s own and can lay on the ground “distractingly twitching” for up 30 minutes.
Now I’ve got a theory that when it comes to the relationship between the natural creation and it’s creator– with the help of the Bible, from any point, “you can get there from here.”
So what are the options? Am thinking of the places in the Gospels where Jesus says, theoretically, and to make a point, that if an eye or a limb is keeping us from entering the Kingdom of heaven, then it would be far better to i.e. let the tempting enemy have an eye or a limb as we run for the safey of God.
Unfortunately, some have taken Jesus literally and actually mutilated themselves in an effort to avoid temptation. After sacrificing a body part, they discover that the problem between them and God was not in the part– but in the heart.
So the solution is not to cut off a limb— which, theoretically, would be worth it to get into the Kingdom of God– if it would work. The solution is to commit our hearts to the grace-filled, forgiving Savior who sacrificed not just a body part– but his very life for our rescue.
May seem like a stretch, but seems like maybe the Gecko can tell a story of the ultimate kind of insurance.