So here we have a somewhat perplexing comic strip…actually a perplexing comic strip with a gratuitous dinosaur…just because I wanted to include a dinosaur somewhere! Is there a Biblical message in all of this? (I admit I am a little doubtful at first.) Hmm…Well, let’s try this.
So what do you think? Is it possible to get so involved with what we are doing that we are totally oblivious to the man-devouring prehistoric monsters that are breathing down our necks and just waiting to turn us into “dinner”? And is there any relevant symbolism in the hulking dinosaur, or is it just for fun?
I really have to admit there are days when I really am oblivious! Although I can only speak for myself, I am so often distracted by my ideas and what I’m doing that I totally forget what’s going on and what is needful. Then the lurking prehistoric human inclinations sneak up and bite me!
I think that’s very similar to,what we see in the story of Mary and Martha when Jesus was guest in their home.
But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:42 (KJV)
Mary sat at Jesus’ feed and heard His words. That was needful to her and to Jesus. “Needful”is not a word that we hear very often, but I really like how it sounds to me in the King James Version. “Knowing what is needful” is not a skill we think of very often, but it is definitely…needful!
Today my heart is resting on the words “which shall not be taken away.” I have a feeling that in this comic strip Laura is just as oblivious to Jesus as she is to the dinosaur in her living room that is ready to turn her into dinner. I can already imagine the dialog balloon “Mmm! Tasty!” So even if Laura isn’t taken away, her stacks of lists can be.
What’s more, I can even imagine Laura asking the dinosaur to please wait a minute while she completes a list of “Man-Devouring Prehistoric Monsters Breathing Down My Neck And Waiting To Turn Me Into Dinner.” (You know, things like jealousy, anger, selfishness, and stubborn-headedness. Those are things that have been with us before recorded history.)
Even when all the nice lists and helpful projects and general busyness are in the service of Jesus, I want to remember that He should still be my true focus.