A Lizzies Reprieve
Written by Wendy Buss
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Whilst housesitting in a beautiful ocean front home at Sunrise Beach recently one morning a rather large Blue Tongue Lizard wandered in to the house .It must have come in via the open front door which was left open so that the two cats I was minding could access a lovely little courtyard filled with a wonderful assortment of plants .Luckily they did not see the lizard come in to the house
Before I even realized we had an unexpected visitor the lizzie had scampered across a sizeable expanse of wooden floor in the open/plan living/ dining area and had run into the kitchen where I first spotted it.It ran under the fridge and I quickly picked up the cockroach baits I had laid just the previous night before lest the lizzie go for a nibble with that long blue tongue and get itself into trouble >
Finally the lizard came out from under the fridge. I crept closer keen to get a better look at it .It caught my movement and froze .It was just so handsome .It’s beautiful smooth beige shiny skin was etched with dark brown and black dots and shapes which each seemed so precisely and artfully placed it made me think of a beautiful aboriginal painting .Did life imitate art or art imitate life ?I wondered as I gazed at the lizard admiringly.
The lizard had the loveliest finely etched slender pointed faced and surprisingly gentle eyes I was mesmerized by it .He started to move away but I managed to cut him off at the pass and with a few strategic parlays of the broom managed to direct him towards the back door where I mistakenly imagined he would be able to make an instant bid for freedom .Alas though No as I ushered him outside I hadnt realized that the backdoor led to a steep concrete walled path with a set of very steep concrete steps at one end and a concrete stairwell framing another set of rather steep steps to the carport at the other end and this back door sadly offered the lizzie very few options for a smooth getaway
I watched with increasing concern as the lizard explored each and every option to make a run for it without success .First and in fact twice he headed down to the steep set of stairs leading to the pool and peered tentatively over the edge but stopped short there clearly not relishing the nose dive he would need to make and clearly calculating it too too steep a descent He duly then ran back up to the other end under the stairwell .It then tried unsuccessfully getting a foothold on the concrete walls that flanked two sides of the stairwell at the other end of the path .Next the lizard tried to clamber up the steps from the back side but found the angle and distance between the steps too steep and precipitous for him to manouvre himself up successfully .There was one wooden slatted wall under the stairwell that flanked region under the house The lizard tried unsuccessfully to slip through the slats in this wooden wall but they were too narrow for his rather plump body.It walked around and around going from one hopeless dead end to another .
I felt very sorry for him as he became increasingly frustrated over the next ten minutes wondering how I could help He was about 2 feet long end to end and much as admired him and thought him a splendid creature I couldnt see myself picking him up and thought about calling WIRES the wildlife rescue service .Then I had a bright idea about somehow shepherding him into an empty plastic laundry basket and carrying his to freedom However he was none to cooperative backing away from my every attempt to get him to run close to the basket .
At this point feeling a bit desperate and wondering what it was in my power to do ? It suddenly occurred to me that the Lizard and I both wanted the same thing for him and that was his freedom I suddenly remembered the scripture that Christ himself had said that
“Wherever two or more are gathered in my name there will I be”
and I remembered one of Florence Schovel Skinns quotes from her book The Game Of Life and How to Play it
e.g. “God makes a way where there is no way “
and suddenly I remembered how the Unitarian Church teachings teach to speak the word for a miracle to happen and to ask for the Highest and Best outcome by Divine Design
So I decided to speak the word for a miracle to happen for the trapped lizard. Certainly it seemed it had exhausted all its options and could see no way forwards and I felt powerless to help so I prayed and spoke the word for the lizard to find the Divine solution to its problem .
Suddenly then within the next couple of minutes after I had said my prayer on its behalf, the Lizard moved across to the slatted wooden wall but instead of trying to squeeze through the wooden slats instead it began using them as toeholds to manouvre himself adeptly up the back of the stairs . He climbed about half a dozen slats using them as toeholds to scale the same number of steps climbing slat by slat , step by step confidently like some expert rock climber until he reached the top step and then he was able to slide through and climb that final step to freedom .I watched in amazement .It was as if some higher intelligence had stepped in and commanded his movements and within the space of less than a minute the Lizard had found a solution to his dilemna and made his bid for freedom .
I was astounded and watched in awe and wonder and marvelled about it all day. It made my day this close encounter with a truely beautiful creature you might not often get to see up close and served as a powerful reminder of the magical power of prayer .
“God makes a way where there is no way ”