Sunday Stillness – Can you be as bold as the Gecko?

Sunday Stillness – Can you be as bold as the Gecko?

Watercolour is a batik by Janis Cox

Today is the last on my Bible Study of tiny animals that show power in incredible ways from Proverbs 30.

a lizard can be caught with the hand,
    yet it is found in kings’ palaces (Proverbs 30:28, NIV).

Most commentaries say that the lizard is a gecko. Since we spend some time in Arizona during the winter, I am familiar with these little guys. They can run up the walls and even though they can be caught they can get through the tiniest of crevices. And they don’t care whether they inhabit the homes of the rich or the poor. They also catch flies and other bugs and that’s one of the reasons that Arizona is almost bug free.

Turning to the meaning for our lives as Christians: The lizard can be found anywhere – in every place. Can we be that way?

What did I learn from these 4 passages about the tiny ones?

I read the passage this time from The Message. I love the words of what each animal can do even though they are small.

There are four small creatures,
    wisest of the wise they are—

ants—frail as they are,
    get plenty of food in for the winter;
marmots—vulnerable as they are,
    manage to arrange for rock-solid homes;
locusts—leaderless insects,
    yet they strip the field like an army regiment;
lizards—easy enough to catch,
    but they sneak past vigilant palace guards (Proverbs 30:24-18, The Message).

Here is what I learned:

Be hard-working like the ant,
Like the coney (hydrax, rock badger), seek God, my Rock and Protector,
Work together like locusts to be God’s armies and spread the Gospel to the world.
Be bold like the lizard and enter all homes to speak the name of Jesus.



Can we be as bold as the gecko? Proverbs 30:28. (click to tweet)

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  1. I love this. Thank you! I now have a new favorite site. And I love the colorful art for them. One day I hope to make an childrens Christian book

    1. Beth,
      Thanks for coming over. And thank you so much for your kind thoughts. I love looking at difference translations just like you do.

  2. I love this illustration. Its really inspiring. Each time we study the Bible, we learn something new. Thanks Ma for sharing this great post and for hosting the linkup.. I am linking up here for the first time.
    Ma please I ask for permission to share this post on my blog sometime this week.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Grace,
      Thanks so much and yes I learn so much for such a tiny bit of Scripture. Yes you may certainly share but please only share a part and then have a link back here to the rest. You can use the photo in your post as well.

  3. The analogy with the little animals is great. I will keep in mind the ways of the lizard–able to enter all places. The scripture you shared from Proverbs has deep wisdom.

    1. Carol,
      Yes I think we are to remember these small details – how we can go places as long as the Holy Spirit guides us. How we can bold for Christ.

    1. Debbie,
      What a wonderful idea! Maybe a Pinterest picture? and a Bulletin Board for a classroom or Sunday School. Yes.

  4. We have lizards here too in the woods of California. My Black Lab loves to chase them. One day we found one in the house. We couldn’t imagine how it got in, but we finally caught it and put it outside. Thanks for hosting your lovely site.

    1. Hazel,
      That would be hilarious to see a big dog chasing such a tiny creature. Our little dog chases bunnies. And finding one in the house is exactly what it says in the Bible, right?

  5. Janis, I love the rich colours in your artwork and the wisdom in your words. Boldness keeps coming up in my readings lately—I know I need reminders to be braver than I have been.
    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

  6. Great illustration, Janis! We were just watching the lizards outside this evening from our screened patio — they certainly are adaptable! Thanks for the great post and for hosting and God bless!

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