The Circle Of Life
During our 10-hour road trip Sunday coming back from the majestic mountains of North Carolina, we happened upon a very sad sight. I was driving along a congested 8-lane road when I saw a bewildered tiny spotted baby deer pacing beside his mother who had been hit and killed by a car. My first response was, “Oh, nooo, what do I do? How do I help this precious little deer?” Of course, there was nothing I could do. I drove on lamenting the fate of that baby deer.
I remembered my 9-year old grandson’s comment just days earlier when he angrily said to me that he hated the circle of life. This observation was on the heels of one of our fishing adventures where his yellow perch, catch of the day, died on the fishing line. Charlie’s heart was touched and saddened as he removed the hook and threw the fish back in the water. A little thing to us, but big to Charlie who felt responsible for hurting and killing a fish. What was the teaching moment going to be? How could I say something wise and comforting? I couldn’t.
Simply put, the circle of life is what it is. Sometimes there are no words. Life is hard; it’s tough. Death is even harder. In fact, the Bible teaches that death is powerful. “What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his life from the power of the grave?” (Psalm 89:48) The answer is no. We will all experience death. But death does not have to defeat us.
The Bible also teaches that “Death is swallowed up in victory…” We have victory over death through our Lord Jesus Christ. That’s cause to celebrate! And just for today, I’m going to believe that my modern day Bambi found his way back into the woods and a surrogate mama deer brought him into her folds of love and protection. As for the fish…I’m pretty sure he’s a goner. But then, that’s the circle of life…right, Charlie? Sometimes, that’s all I’ve got. But the good news? God writes the story, and it has a happy ending. Really happy!
Blessings on your day,