The Foolish Muppet

Foolish (adj):  silly or ridiculous; lacking good sense or judgment.

He is small.  He is slow, walking with the aid of a stick.  Oldness exudes from his being. His complexion is a sickly grey-green.  Moreover, he’s a Muppet!  No, he’s not a frog, nor is his name Kermit, but I think they’d have been great friends in a “crossing the streams” sort of way; they do both like to hang out in swamps, after all.  I can imagine them patiently fishing together and the amphibian chiding the other for his terrible lack of lyrical skills as they attempt to sing a duet of “Rainbow Connection”.

So small in stature; odd looking and awkward in speech is he that – when discovered by a young twenty something with a famous surname – he is considered more wizened and crazed goblin than great warrior, for wars do not make one great.  A worn out and homeless occupant squatting in a swamp, he seems eager to thieve the food – while questioning the quality therein – of an unsuspecting stranger and pull a Sumner on an innocent companion.  One wouldn’t follow him deeper into the heart of an alien world unless you had no other choice.

It is only in a moment of stark revelation – aided by a voice heard by few – that the veil of the ridiculous is removed and the true nature of the goblin revealed.  He is Yoda: the ancient, swamp-dwelling, Jedi-in-hiding who was teacher and mentor to the greatest of the Jedi Order, passing on his wisdom to ensure its survival.  And so he does, teaching the last hope for the galaxy all he can in a short time.  In that interval wisdom is shared, tests are failed, lessons are observed and learned, and a starship is removed from a slimy mud hole.  All of this is accomplished because the Muppet was willing to look quirky and foolish; hope remained viable because personal preference, pride, and vanity were tossed aside.

The Apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 1:27 that “God chose the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; God chose the weak thing of this world to confound the strong.  God chose the lowly things of the world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are so that no one can boast before him” One of those foolish things was Christ Himself, who – Paul writes in Philippians 2 – “did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, He made Himslef nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death even death on a cross”.  Hope remained viable because what Christ could have claimed, He did not.

How odd, mystifying, and even foolish it must have seemed to the residents of Heaven to see Christ do this, and certainly to the fallen angels and their “father below”.  And yet this is the nucleus of the “One True Myth” that is Christianity – as Tolkien called it – it is the center of the myth that actually happened that was embraced by Clive Staples Lewis.

We live in a time wherein foolishness is guarded against, is regarded as a professional sin.  Yet, some forms of foolishness should be embraced.  When one majors in foolishness born of humility, wisdom often accompanies it and amazing occurrences come from unexpected places – a hobbit hole, a wardrobe, a swamp on a backwater world – maybe even from the person across the table.

How can you embrace foolishness?

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Author, Speaker, and Super Nerd. Aaron Welty speaks and writes regularly connecting the dots of life, faith, and science fiction. Originally from Michigan, he now lives and works in the Washington, D.C. Metro area.

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