I did a “Sommer” thing today. I rescued a beetle that had fallen out of an Oak tree onto my shoulder and landed on it’s back with its legs wiggling around. Normally, I would have screeched like a cat that is having its tail yanged but, today I just stood there looking at the bug on it’s back. I decided to flip it back over with my shoe into the grass and set it free. No beetle stomping for me today. The keyword is “today.”
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and great commandment.39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
This bible verse is how Sommer lived her life and that included critters from bugs to dogs. She loved and loved to be loved. I strive to be more like her and that means I’m striving to be more like Christ as I grieve the death of our Sommer. She rescued any type of bug, gecko, salamander even cockroaches she found. She hated for me to stamp on one of God’s little neighbors.
Can’t you just see Jesus sitting under a tree and a bug crawling up his toe? The bible does not tell us if Christ smashed a bug even a deadly bug. But just reading and understanding His character He would not have done a thing just let the bug do its job just as He was doing His. He walked this earth and spread the truth of the gospel walking to and from many places. Imagine all the creatures Jesus must have seen as He journeyed the lands and seas. He could name them all because He created them with His Father.
I used to call Sommer my “Little Albert Schweitzer.” Albert decided to go to Africa as a medical missionary and while he was working in his tent he allowed ants to shuttle up the leg of his work table, across his papers and down the opposite leg doing their work while he did his. He was known to move his papers so those ants could finish their job.
Sommer was a unique person. As I said she loved and loved to be loved. She even loved those few people who did not understand her uniqueness.
I miss Sommer today. I miss her sweet smile and loving heart. I am proud to be the momma of three beautiful, intelligent, and talented God loving daughters. I miss my Sommer today and the best way to honor her today was to love like Jesus loved and not step on the beetle but let the beetle the best beetle God created it to be and I’ll work on being the best Christian woman God intended for me to be.
It’s a “Sommer” thing.
For Christ Alone,