Have you ever seen a sloth, a real live one? During my last visit to Detroit Michigan, I went to the Detroit Zoo.
Written by, First Lady Michelle Obleton
Have you ever seen a sloth, a real live one? During my last visit to Detroit Michigan, I went to the Detroit Zoo. Recently, the zoo added to their animal exhibits a Central American Sloth and I was interested in seeing one up-close. The Sloth is among the slowest moving animals on planet earth, spending most of its time upside down in trees. In fact, sloths do everything upside down. They eat, sleep, mate, and give birth upside down. I found myself amazed that during the time I observed this mammal (for at least 25 minutes); it took five minutes for this sloth to move his hand from his face to his side. The sloth has a natural smile expression on its face as if it is saying “all is well, and life is good.” The slowness of the sloth also carries over to their bathroom habits. So much so, that they only defecate every five to seven day on average, and when they do, they lose up to one third of their body weight in a single movement. Amazing. Because the sloth is positioned upside down his fur grows the opposite direction, away from his body allowing bugs and algae to live in it. The algae forming over time gives the sloth a strange green look. I left the sloth exhibit with amusement at God, for His creation of such an animal. So much can be learned from observing this animal. The sloth is truly an “animal lesson” on how human beings can take it slow living an upside-down existence in a right side up world. I also left with a better understanding when the Bible relates mankind to a sloth. The Bible uses the word sloth or sluggard in the same way; which means a reluctance to work or make effort. Lazy, slow and dullness: many scriptures speak of slothful behavior, such as these.
“How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep. So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, and your need like an armed man” (Proverbs 6:4). “The sluggard will not plow because of winter (cold weather) he will beg during harvest and have none” (Proverbs 20:4).
I do not know about you, but sometimes I struggle with slothfulness. I have a computer at my job that I believe is related to the sloth family. But seriously, l want this message to speak to you like it has spoken to me. We are facing a world-wide pandemic and it is easy to slow down by spending more time watching the news, Netflix, and lifetime channels, or other non-productive uses of our time. The downside of this is that we lose precious time and opportunities that we can never get back. The Bible calls this poverty, like that of a real robber who steals our productivity and zeal. Have you been hanging upside down lately? If you are, I get it. We are entangled these days with mental, social, spiritual, and financial stresses greater than ever before. Make your days count.
This COVID-19 shall pass. Let’s stay active, healthy, and safe, and let’s do it right side up!
Prayers & Love,