Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Rhinoceroses

Rhinos remind me of Easter. I can hear the grummph and ragged intake of air in your lungs. Wait, just wait and let me "expound."

Black and white rhinoceroses are both gray. That was a new one, until I heard it at Busch Gardens. They do differ in physique in that their lips are different. White rhino have flat lips so they can graze the grasses. Black rhinos have a pointed lip in order pull leaves and fruit from trees and bushes. The white rhino has a large second horn too. But both are gray.

So why the name difference? Well the white rhino lives on the grassy sub-Saharan plains and to keep cool they wallow in mud holes. When the mud dries it appears white. Ahem, thus the name. That mud also keeps off bugs. (Man, I'd try that if it wasn't so messy for all our mosquitoes.) The black rhino appears to be darker without the mud. But if the black rhino rolled in mud, he would appear "white," too.

"He got us out of the mess we're in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ. God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin. Having faith in him sets us in the clear. God decided on the course of action in full view of the public--to set the world in the clear with himself through the sacrifice of Jesus, finally taking care of the sins he had so patiently endured." Romans 3:24-25 (MS)

"Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered." Romans 4:7

No matter what our heart's color, God can cover it with the blood of His Son having paid our price for sins.

Rolling in God's protection not only gives us the new name as children of God, but He protects us from predators, even the annoying little ones.

Long live the Easter Rhinoceroses!



Kathy C. said...

I love how your mind works : )

Jean Wise said...

You are so clever!!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

Tracey said...

You are always thinking, aren't you? :) You come up with the best stuff...even rhinoceroses.
I love the Message version, don't you? The Romans 3 passage you quoted from it, is great.
As always, I enjoy "visiting" your place in the blogosphere. ;)

Libbie said...

Easter Rhinos :) You totally make me smile all the time Karen!!! Sure is triue though! About the messes we make :) Thank the Lord for Easter!!!! Hope you get t o enjoy your fam this weekend!!!

Angela Ackerman said...

We saw a white rhino when we visited Africa last year, but unfortunately he was quite far away. I would love to catch him a bit closer so I could really pick out the details--wonderful creatures!
Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Dave said...

This is interesting Karen. Thanks.
There is another explanation why the white Rhino is called white - see here:
They are amazing animals huh? - Dave

Deb said...

Easter and rhinos?

No way would I have made that connection.

I'm so thankful that the blood of Jesus Christ doesn't just make our sins appear to be white; in God's eyes they become as white as snow.

Hope you're having a lovely Easter weekend.

Sweet dreams.

Karen said...

Kathy, that could be dangerous!

Oh, Jeanie, is clever the right word? snicker....

Tracey, thanks so much. The Message is clear to understand. Have a Blessed Easter.

Libbie, I'm glad I brought a smile-that's my goal, too. Yes, I have family from out of town this weekend and it's been very good.
Happy Easter with all your family.

Angela, wow, that must've been awesome to see them in the wild! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Dave, thanks, I'll check that out. My info came from the National Geographic site. I love those interesting tibits.

Oh, Deb, I know-my mind is a bit weird. :P

Happy Easter to all ya'll.

Anonymous said...

That is a great metaphor. it's just like people - black or white, we're all the same inside.

Kathryn Magendie said...

This made me SMILE! :-D

Jeanette Levellie said...

Amen and hallelujah to God for His wonderful love!

Your brain is amazing; thanks for sharing your unique thoughts with us,

Karen said...

Ladyfi, yes, God loves us all.

Kathryn, oh, good! :)

Jeanette, amen, too. Uh, I don't know if I'd use amazing as a description of my brain. :P But thanks....

Janna Qualman said...

Very cute. I hope you have a wonderful time! (Just don't get too crazy...)

Karen, thanks for your friendship, and for always being so loyal in visiting my blog. I appreciate you!