By John Payton
I once read of a pet iguana that fell into a swimming pool. Now I don’t know much about iguanas but just looking at one, it seems it would be like a chunk of steel (or a living “Transformer” like my grandchildren play with). Regardless, it doesn’t impress me as an Olympic swimmer.
What had happened was that it had been frightened by a dog, ran up a tree, the limb broke (see I told you), and the limb had a better chance at floating than did the iguana. He sunk to the bottom.
Remember, I said he was a pet, actually the pet of a little boy. Now that leaves me rather speechless as well…an iguana a pet? Not the kind you would want to curl up with or have sleep with you. But then, it doesn’t leave hair everywhere or bark at everything like my dogs do. I’ll give it points for that.
Regardless, the little guy loved his iguana and was quite distraught. His mother called 911 and an animal control person—who happened to be a lady—responded to the call. She saw the iguana lifelessly on the bottom of the pool, the little boy crying, and decided there was only one thing to do. She jumped into the pool and brought up the lifeless iguana.
By now, certain his pet iguana was dead, the boy cried all the more. The animal control person looked at the boy and then at the iguana. “Well,” she thought, “we give CPR to humans. The least I can do is try.” So, she picked up the iguana, put her lips to those of the iguana, breathed into its mouth and began CPR. To everyone’s joyful surprise the little guy began to breathe and move.
Later she was reported to have said, “It is rather strange to kiss an iguana, but I couldn’t let that little boy down without trying.” She did the “unthinkable” and saved the day.
The Bible in Ephesians 2:1 says, “[We] were dead in [our] trespasses and sins, with no hope.” But God did the “unthinkable” thing. He “so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16).
Friend, God so loves you he couldn’t give up on you without doing the “unthinkable…” he gave his only Son to die in your place that you might live.
Now that is the “unthinkable kiss.” That is what we call “grace.” It is undeserved, yet deserving an unreserved response. And, to me, it is “unthinkable” to not respond with unreserved love and gratitude by living and breathing the life he gives us.
John Payton is pastor of the Nazarene Church of Exeter. He may be reached by calling 559-597-2249 or by emailing [email protected].
Prays Together is a rotating column between the pastors of the First Presbyterian Church of Exeter, Church of Christ of Exeter, Nazarene Church of Exeter, Church of God of Exeter, the New Life Assembly of God and Rocky Hill Community Church as well as the Lemon Cove Presbyterian Church.
This column is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Foothills Sun-Gazette newspaper.