Mystery of the Missing Legs

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

Last night my son was watching
an insect on the door.
He noted that, instead of six,
his legs just numbered four.
 
We wondered how it happened
he’d lost the other two;
but also noticed he had learned,
without them, to make do.
 
While many offered theories
‘bout what had been his fate,
this one became my favorite –
that he’d been spider bait;
 
But managed to gain freedom
(we only can assume)
by giving up a part of him
that would have sealed his doom.
 
And though he’s now lopsided,
I’ve got a knowing hunch,
he’d rather leave those legs behind
than be a spider’s lunch.
 
You know, there’s Bible truth here.
These words did Christ repeat:
better to enter Heaven maimed
than Hell with offending feet.
 
Those things we’re hanging onto,
that we “can’t do without,”
if they are causing us to sin –
we need to throw them out!
 
And just like that old insect,
we’ll find we can make do
with just those things that please The Lord;
bid tempting ones adieu.
 
 
“If your hand or your foot causes you to sin,
cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you
to enter life maimed or crippled
than to have two hands or two feet
and be thrown into eternal fire.”
Matthew 18:8 NIV
 
 
©Lisa DeVinney, July 2009
 

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