Moving Past Zebra

I was talking to a friend of mine who is a kindergarten teacher.  She was telling me about a bold statement that one of her children said in class the other day.  My friend was reading the Dr. Seuss story “On Beyond Zebra.”  The children loved the story and suggested to her that the only way to move past the Zebra is to move closer to the Zebra.

What a brilliant statement to make.  Of course it came from a five year old child.  These little ones can provide wonderful insights into learning and how we must stretch beyond our own understanding to discover another person’s struggles.  This is where we began to experience empathy and all of the other things that minimalize our differences long enough to understanding and embrace each other’s journeys.

How willing are you to move closer to the edge of what you know?  I am talking about coming face to face with your “Zebra.”  Some of us are so afraid to travel to those jumping off places that we stay right where we are; safe and comfortable.  Never reaching out.  Never risking the chance to grow.

Maybe this season of Lent is about finding those places that lie on the edge of our own understanding.  Once we discover the edges, parameters, and yes zebras, we might realize that faith lies beyond it all.  Perhaps faith will be the bridge into another place within our soul that longs for discovery.  We will set sail to discover a new world that contains the riches of greater wisdom and deeper understanding.

So, today I am reminded that once again I gather insight from little children.  I am challenged to move past what I assume and into a faith that bridges hearts and leads to openness and understanding.  My journey will lead me into new adventures and amazing discoveries.  It all starts with moving beyond what is safe and embracing the love of the One who guides me on my voyage.

Published by joekmac

I am a pastor in the United Methodist Tradition. I am the Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Belen in the New Mexico Annual Conference. I am married to Cazandra and have two sons with hemophilia.

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