Welcome back to Time in the Word. I bet the above title, “Watch Out for Falling Iguanas!”, got your attention. Sometimes life calls for a bit of a “shake up”. Before I weave falling Iguanas into our Christian walk, I want to prep you for next week’s journey with Moses. I am going to give you a little bit of homework. Smile, this is going to be fun!
As we journey with Moses, we will first study God’s preparing Moses, and then we will be studying The Ten Plagues. This will require that you read the scripture ahead. Your assignment is to Exodus Chapter 3 and 4. Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for, falling Iguanas.
Hard to believe, but two weeks ago in sunny Florida, the weather got “cold”; 53° to be exact. Now to you and I Midwesterners, dwelling amid negative temperatures, 53° is a heatwave. But to Floridians, that’s winter jacket weather.
Friends from church had just returned from a ten-day stay in Florida. Over fellowship time, they told us that the news warned citizens about falling iguanas from trees. The temperatures had dropped enough that those poor iguanas couldn’t keep warm, and were falling out of trees.
Iguanas are reptiles. Reptiles need a constant temperature between 75° and 92°- optimal and safe would be what the website https://www.tortoisetown.com/iguana-temperature/ suggested. A warm iguana is a happy, functioning iguana. A cold iguana is dangerously close to death iguana.
You can understand how a cold iguana would no longer be able to hold on to the tree limb and thus fall off. Watch out below! Get your umbrellas out. It’s raining iguanas today! It makes you appreciate squirrels, doesn’t it!?
How are we iguanas?
Like the iguana needs the sun and its warmth. We Christians need the Son and the warmth of His light and love. Neither the iguana nor the Christian can function without warmth. This warmth keeps blood flowing for doing and being. Step away from the sun and the warmth, and we begin to grow cold.
New International Version Bible Gateway
12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
God warns us what will happen when we lose the warmth of our Christian agape love. A love that is not of this world but from God himself. Are you witnessing “love loss” in the world for Christianity and Christians? Have we not seen a coldness politically from major countries with their treatment of their citizens and threat of war?
Stay in your tree!
I want to encourage you to keep the love you have. As well as your faith despite what we see going on! Don’t be like the iguana in plummeting “temperatures”, losing the ability to pump blood around, warming your body and soul, and “fall” to the ground.
Thank you for joining me here today in Time in the Word.
Michele Bruxvoort is sure to draw you in with her delightful sense of humor and love for living life. She enjoys reading, repurposing, as well as remodeling the family home with her husband. Drawing from her life experience as wife, mom, and follower of Jesus, Michele brings you a very honest and real perspective on life. When you don’t find her writing, you can find her mowing lawns, stocking shelves, taking care of her grandbaby and tackling her latest life adventure.
Wisconsin native and empty-nester, she now makes her home with her husband of 27 years in the South West Prairie plains of Minnesota.