A chimp, a monkey, and a gorilla all showed up at our staff meeting this morning.
Here’s what happened (times are approximate):
At 10:12, we were talking about Mailchimp, the program I use to send this devotion out to my congregation each week.
At 10:25, someone shared that we purchased a subscription to a service called Survey Monkey, which our staff will use to send out surveys, and help people register for events.
And then, at 11:19, our youth director came in from down the hall where she’s organizing a youth mission project. She was holding a bottle.
It was Gorilla glue.
Okay, isn’t that weird?
Gorillas and Monkeys and Chimps. Oh my!
This means something. Surely.
Well, I did some research and discovered that apes are in the Bible. Did you know that?
The king had a fleet of trading ships at sea along with the ships of Hiram. Once every three years it returned, carrying gold, silver and ivory, and apes and baboons. –1 Kings 10:22 (NIV)
“Apes and baboons” (which may also refer to Monkeys) were among the prized treasures King Solomon had shipped in from distant lands.
Hmm. Is God telling us to ship in a baboon as our church mascot?
Or should we collect a special offering to Jane Goodall’s institute?
Did you know we have 98-99% of our DNA in common with certain primates? Maybe we should try to teach Bible sign language to some gorillas?
You know, not every coincidence is a sign from God. Not every confluence of events is a herald of great portence.
Now don’t get me wrong. I love primates.
I give primates two big opposable thumbs up!
But today we had a great staff meeting,
getting ready for a busy time of year,
and as cool a coincidence as this potential side-track was,
God wanted us to focus on the task at hand,
instead of the Monkey Business.
Have a great week,