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See what you missed

walking stick Phasmatidae jpgI must have walked past the dry leafless branch many times.

A friend happened by and spotted something I’d missed. When he reached with his hand, the “twig” climbed onto it. No longer camouflaged, the “twig” was easily recognizable as a walking stick.

Sometimes it takes other people to show me things about myself and the world around me that I cannot discern on my own.

I remember sitting in the midst of hundreds of African high school students not thinking myself different because I saw their faces, not my own. From their perspective it was easy to pick out the only white face in the crowd. I didn’t blend in at all.

Africa was home for over twenty years, but after one particular stretch of five years I returned to spend time with my family and supporting churches. Probably no one noticed nor could sympathize, but I struggled to feel like I fit in with the culture I’d grown up in.

When I consider this interesting insect many lessons come to mind.

discernment

perspective

vulnerability

blending in

??? (add your own)

Sometimes I get carried away thinking about God’s creation, learning (not always applying) lessons from what He has revealed in the world around me.

But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:7-10

Fun facts about the Walking Stick (Phasmatodea):
Their size can be less than and inch to over 1 foot in length.
They can regenerate lost limbs.
They are harmless to humans.

(photo taken in eastern Kenya, years ago)