Originally scheduled forApril 3
One of the constant bits of humor in a Roadrunner cartoon
is Wile E. Coyote falling off the cliff. This is almost always
accompanied by a long blast on a slide whistle — that’s that funny
sound the keeps going down in pitch until the puff of dust arises
from the canyon below. Most of the time you also see the coyote
suddenly realize what’s about to happen. You, of course, saw it just
a little bit before he did. You know what’s coming, and come it
does. Have you ever asked yourself why Wile E. never seems to learn
that this is going to happen? Hasn’t he fallen off enough cliffs yet
to understand that this is going to occur? No. So why is that?
Simple. Wile E. Coyote is a genius; indeed, a super genius. This is
coupled with the fact that he seems to forgotten everything that
happened in the last cartoon. Genius plus forgetfulness equals
Some people live like that. Comedy and tragedy are the same
art, said Aristotle. And in some lives it’s not comic, it’s tragic.
Sometimes it starts simply with, “hey y’all, hold my beer and watch
this!” Sometimes it’s planned out in detail. It doesn’t matter; my
mother’s advice still applies: “don’t do dumb things.” Why is this?
You may be a genius, you may have all the knowledge in the world,
but the slide whistle still applies if you have no wisdom. But the
solution is at hand. James put it this way:
James 1:5 NASB But if
any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all
generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
So the wisdom is available — but it doesn’t do you much
good if you forget it at the end of the cartoon. It’s the same thing
in life; if you forget the wisdom you have been given, it is of no
use to you.
God knows this. For the most important wisdom in your life
he has given you a reminder, called Communion. It is a reminder of
some of the things you really need to remember:
No, you cannot handle sin and trouble by yourself. You will need
God’s help, which often comes through His church.
By the power of his shed blood, forgiveness is at hand. He asks you
for your repentance, freely offering his forgiveness.
Ultimately, Communion reminds you of this: the God of the universe,
creator of all things, loves you with a love beyond your
As you partake, remember the love and sacrifice it took to
bring you into a right relationship with God. It’s not funny, it’s
not tragic, but it is holy.