My Dinosaur

“Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.” Phaedrus

A partially decomposed tree sits at the edge of our property. It has been there from our beginning in this house, 16 years ago, and most likely for years before. The very first time I remember looking at that mess of both living and dead vegetation, I saw a dinosaur. Every time a look that direction, I still see a dinosaur.

A couple of years ago, the metro district team came through the open areas around our neighborhood doing fire mitigation cleanup. A huge machine, I’ll call it a “vegetation cruncher upper” (for lack of a more technical term) rolled through and turned a lot of dead branches, etc. into sawdust and mulch. I was secretly fearful that the dinosaur would succumb to the machine, especially because it wasn’t actually on our property, but in the open space. I just felt like it was mine…After the work was complete, I happily realized that my dinosaur had been spared and would hopefully live on as long as we shared this address. I snapped a picture of the pre-historic guy and sent it off to the kids with the caption “long lives the log dinosaur.” To say the least, my excitement was dampened as they told me they had never thought it looked like what I thought, they were happy that it took so little to please me, and  “cool mom, I did great on my project.”

This is a very small example of two things: the first, things are not always what they seem. And second, we can all look at a thing (object, situation, idea) and come away with a lot of different opinions, observations, and feelings. We all experience these things. We all have dinosaurs in our lives, don't we?

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Samuel 16:7

Gracious God, thank you for looking deep into our hearts and understanding how we feel even when we can’t fully express it to those around us. Bring us patience, understanding and empathy when others see things and feel things differently than we do. Thanks for all the dinosaurs in our lives, Lord.

Andrea Heshmati

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