What’s your favorite animal?
Probably a dog, cat, horse or other familiar animal, right?
I absolutely love dogs.
I used to say I have never met a dog I didn’t like, but a certain short-haired chihuahua changed that for me. That’s another story for another day, when I am strong enough to hash through those suppressed memories.
Anyway, yeah, dogs. They’re great aren’t they? They’re there for you no matter what! They hound you to pieces then smother you with affection when you bring them a bowl of chow (why do they always need feeding?) Sure, sometimes they could do with a little more training, some better manners, but they are loyal to no end.
What’s your favorite wild animal?
How ’bout weird animals? Is there one of those you’re particularly fond of?
Man, I love me some weird animals!
Look at him! He’s a real life R.O.U.S. (rodents of unusual size. And you thought they didn’t exist.)! Think of this: he’s a hamster that’s as big as a pig or a large dog. Doesn’t that make you smile?!
I also love the aye-aye.
Check out that face! And he’s got these long, spindly fingers like Halloween decorations that he uses to scrape fruit and eat it. What a neat animal!
The naked mole rat has boggled my mind since childhood. Have you seen this guy?
I found this post on other unsual animals if you don’t have a favorite one, go pick one. It’s fun!
Now, tell me about your favorite people.
Oh, I tell ya. My favorite people! They are the best. They’re the people I share these walls with, the people who gather around my table every day (why do they always need feeding?). Sure, sometimes we could do with a little more training, some better manners, but we are loyal to no end.
Our favorite animals–dogs, cats, horses–are comfortable, familiar, relational. Like our people, they know us and they are like us. They are tender, warm, affectionate and usually have their act under control. We can depend on them. Rely on them. We know what to expect from them. And we love them.
But some people are different. They’re a little, well, weird.
Man, I love me some weird people!
Weird people come in all kinds of varieties. I’m sure you know a few:
There’s the one that doesn’t care what the rest of you are wearing, she’s going to put on whatever makes her happy. If that’s a big, flamboyant hat or the costume of her favorite character or the same flannel shirt for three days in a row. Maybe her hair is some unnatural hue that makes you a little uneasy. Doesn’t matter! She feels fabulous and happy. Doesn’t that make you smile?
There’s the one who interrupts because he has so much to say he can’t keep from sharing it. He doesn’t mean to dominate the conversation, he’s just enthusaistic. And when you listen, you’ll notice that he KNOWS his stuff. He has really learned this topic that most of us just skimmed. What a neat guy!
There’s the one who looks a little different, laughs a little louder, talks about peculiar things, doesn’t conform to standards. All loud and crazy and odd.
Just like I have always loved learning about weird animals, I’ve always loved getting to know weird people.
God made all these amazing creatures! Each one is a sign of His creativity. All God’s people bear His image. They are unique and interesting and yes, sometimes a little unusual.
What if, instead of sticking with our dog-people, cat-people, and horse-people, we were to spend a little more time with the capybara-people, the aye-aye-people, and the naked mole rat-people?
hahahahahahaha sorry, even I couldn’t keep from laughing at that wording.
The next time you meet someone who makes you a little uncomfortable, remember, it’s not about you! Getting to know someone is not about you. It’s about them. We don’t learn about aye-ayes so we can keep them as pets or farm them or whatever. We are just discovering part of God’s creation and what makes it unique. Apply that same principle to the people you meet and I guarantee your eyes will be opened to the way of the Lord in ways you never expected.
Oh, if we only saw each other the way He sees us!
I know some of you are thinking, “uh-oh, I think I am a naked mole rat-person. Or at least a capybara-person.” Sweet soul, I am so happy for you! You are the color in my crayon box! Without our weird animals, this life would be pretty dull and grey. You are the spice in the salsa, the spiky grass in the bouquet, and the cast member that makes all our sitcoms worth watching!
If you light up talking about something that no one else is in to, I am inspired by your passion!
If you talk and think and act a little differently than other people, I am so curious to know more about you.
If you dress yourself with no regard to the styles that get pinned on Pinterest, then I admire your creativy, and I’m sure you’ve got some good ideas.
Naked mole rat-people make the world go round!
They are the artists, and dreamers. They are the quiet doers when the rest are busy-bee-buzzing around. They are the innovaters and thinkers.
And when it comes right down to it, the naked mole rat-people are, get this, dog-people too. They are loyal and loving, familiar and comfortable to their own people.
You get to be both. Don’t hide the weirdness or feel inferior because of it. Don’t ask God, “why did you make me like this?” with cry of self-pity, but look at the unique ways he has designed you and marvel, wonder, and ask Him “why did you make me like this?”
His answer may amaze you! You are, indeed, amazing.