Lessons in Companionship from A Lizard
While renovating his house, a Japanese man broke open the wall.
Japanese houses normally have a hollow space between the wooden walls. When tearing down the walls, he found that there was a lizard stuck there because a nail from outside had been hammered into one of its feet. He saw this, felt pity and at the same time curiosity. On checking the nail, it appeared it was nailed five years ago when the house was built.
The lizard had survived in such a static position for five years! In a dark wall partition for five years without moving, it is impossible and mind-boggling. He wondered how this lizard had survived for five years without moving a single inch since its foot was impaled! So he stopped his work and observed the lizard, to see what it has been doing and how it has been feeding.
Not long afterwards, there appeared another lizard, with food in its mouth.
‘Ah!’ He was stunned and touched deeply.
For the lizard that was impaled by the nail, another lizard had been feeding it for the past five years. The second lizard has been doing that faithfully and untiringly every day for five long years, without giving up hope on its partner. Imagine what a small creature can do.
This is a lesson in companionship. Never abandon your loved ones. Don’t turn your back on people because they are in difficulty. Don’t see yourself as more intelligent or the best. You may be a bit luckier today but life is uncertain and situations can change tomorrow. A Moment of negligence may break the very heart which loved you against all odds.
Remember, it takes a moment to break, but an entire lifetime to make. God created space within our fingers so that we can hold hands. So be there for somebody today.
Meditation: Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; – Romans 12:10
You will succeed in Jesus Name!