One of my favorite Looney Tunes cartoons was developed as a sort of documentary about animals and their habitats. A memorable part showed the chameleon standing in front of a slide show of color and he comfortably blended in with each color. One color slide, in particular, had him upset and stepping away in tears pounding on the ground in frustration and screaming, “I just can’t do it!” The color slide was a plaid.
I comfortably wear the colors black and brown in my wardrobe. When I was in high-school in the 80s, I had the coolest yellow pants and a bright orange t-shirt. A matching belt married the two into a super-cute outfit. I stood in front of my mirror on a number of occasions admiring the look, but ending up telling myself that “I just can’t do it” and never left my bedroom with that outfit on. It was too bright.
Jesus comfortably wore tunics and sandals. On the night He was betrayed, He went, with His tired disciples, into the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. While deeply troubled about having to be stripped of His garments and die a horrible death, Jesus sweated blood. He even prayed for this cup to pass Him by. He never said, “I just can’t do it.” Instead He said to His Father, “It is your will and not my own”.
The chameleon and I could not see past ourselves, but Jesus could.
Perhaps you are being challenged today to go beyond yourself. Are you going to react negatively by saying, “I just can’t do it” or are you going to go to God in prayer and say, “If it is your will, Lord, I will follow”?
“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
I often compare my life to that of cartoons with which I grew up. My husband can attest to the numerous times I quote Bugs Bunny, but it is Underdog that comes to mind today; he was a great example of a super-hero when I was young. When Polly Purebred found herself entangled in life-threatening situations, she would yell for Underdog and no matter where he was, he could hear her. His ear would go up and he would fly to her rescue. Underdog loved Polly Purebred and risked his life for her.
I often get entangled in life-threatening sin, but I do not call out to my super-hero Underdog, instead I call out to my Savior Jesus. Underdog is a cartoon, Jesus is real. When I call out to Jesus, he hears me and rescues me from the entrapment I got myself into. Jesus did not only risk his life for me; he died for me and rose from the dead to give me eternal life! He did all of this because he loves me.
I have not watched an Underdog cartoon in a long time. I have been spending my time learning more about my Savior, Jesus. Do not waste your time calling out to unattainable super-heroes. Call out to Jesus. Not only will he hear you and come to your rescue, but he already saved you.
Matthew 20:29-34 (NIV)
29As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
31The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
32Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
33″Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”
34Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.