OU have probably heard about a rather interesting method they sometimes use when trying to catch a monkey for the zoo. It seems that trappers take a small cage out into the jungle. Inside the cage they place a bunch of bananas and then they close it, locking the bananas inside. Now a monkey coming along and spotting the bananas, will reach through the narrow rungs of the cage and grab a banana. But he can’t get it out. And no matter how hard he tries – twisting his hand back and forth – he can’t pull his hand through the rungs while hanging on to the banana. And even with the approaching trappers he won’t let go of the banana. For the trappers, it’s simply a matter then, of coming up and grabbing the monkey. Now if you were standing there in the jungle, watching all of this happen, and wanted to save the monkey, you might yell in exasperation, “Drop the Banana!”
This was taken from an article on Foundations Magazine. Here is the link for the entire article: “Drop the Banana!”
I wanted to start with article because it reminds me of me. I am the monkey.
The banana represents things that I want. It could be anything I desire. And, if I happen to obtain it, I don’t want to let go.
I would suggest that all of us can be like the monkey.
How much of our life is spent in pursuit of the banana? Just for fun, write down how you spend your hours and days. You just might be surprised or even shocked.
If you feel you want to let go of whatever banana is in your hand, good thinking.
If you can’t let go, now is a great time for the Word
I Peter gives some much needed insight.
Here are verses 3-5 in the first chapter:
“3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” I Peter 1:3-5
We have a new birth.
We have a living hope.
We have an inheritance.
Why in the world would we want a banana?!?!
As much as I write this for you, the reader, I write it for myself.
If I could sum up the Christian life, it might be something like this:
Keep letting go of the banana and turning back to God.
But why would I want to let go when the banana is so fulfilling?
We have a place that is being prepared for us. That’s why.
It can’t be spoiled, ruined, or removed. There is a guard watching it. The enemy cannot taint it in anyway. It is under God’s protection.
And it is reserved for us.
I don’t really know what heaven looks like but I don’t need to know.
I just need to let go of the banana and trust God in the rest.
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