Saturday, February 9, 2008

The Chimera vs. The Christ

Courtesy of http://microvet.arizona.edu


For the early Greeks, mythology was a means to convey thoughts, ideas and reasoning. Within this mythology, there was a hideous creature known as the Chimera. It was a female monster comprised of three different animals; it had a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail. To say the least whenever the Chimera made a guest appearance in any local myth, it was a feared creature. The modern meaning of Chimera, however, is a bit different. Being adopted into the English language, it has come to describe something that is hoped for or wished for, but is in fact impossible or even illusory. Life has a unique way of setting before us the most complicated situations- monsters if you will. The issues can at times be multilayered and before we know it working through them or even getting out of them seems nothing more than an illusion. Complexities do not neutralize God’s power and ability to deliver us from whatever bind us. The long list of small details that comprise our problems doesn’t send God into panic. 
The writers of the Bible were often intensely given over to little details in accounts of mind boggling miracles. Such as in the case of the Exodus. When the Red Sea split, the writer made it a point to inform us that the people crossed over on dry land. Common sense tells us if water covers land and you remove that water, what’s left is mud not dry land.  But God worked it all out even to the smallest detail. Or what about the three Hebrew boys thrown in the fire?  It would have been enough to read that there was a forth man in the fire and that they were not engulfed in flames. But no...the writer wants us to know that when they came out their clothes did not even smell like smoke. 
The message is clear. The compounding troubles of a trial will all unravel in the hands of our God. You see Christ is no myth the Chimera is. In fact, when it comes to dealing with trouble whether it be people sent, devil sent or just life there is one thing worth remembering. The threat often is more dangerous than anything else. I have witnessed more people including myself make awful decisions because of threats. I am reminded of the late Jackie Robinson who broke the color lines in major league baseball. While attempting to brake Babe Ruth’s home run record, he received threat after threat and slanderous attack after slanderous attack. The only thing he knew to do was ignore the threat to the best of his ability and get up to bat and he did. I have come to learn that no matter how loud the Chimera roars and no matter how impossible an issue appears there’s only one thing we can do-get up, ignore the roar, and go to bat.  

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