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Topic: Confident (07/05/07)

TITLE: The Inchworm Incident
By David F. Palmieri Sr.


The Inchworm Incident

He inched his way up my chest, heading north. He was literally the thinnest Inchworm I’d ever seen, smaller than the diameter of a pin. The only reason that he captured my attention was because, for a brief moment, he stood up on his hind legs to get a look around. As he swayed from side to side his movement caught my eye. Looking down I was amazed as I gazed at the tiny creature, mesmerized by his every apparently anticipated action.

He’d probably fallen on me earlier as I’d walked the dogs. I don’t know where he was headed or what his purpose was so I left him alone for a while. Since my desk is currently situated in the midst of a massive renovation project one little critter couldn’t do any damage. He sure appeared to be quite self-assured at whatever direction he headed in next.
After his stop to look around he returned to doing what Inchworms do. I humorously thought that he might be a Bookworm. He had joined me at the keyboard, didn’t he?

My thoughts quickly turned to another insect that I find totally fascinating, the Ant. I delight in watching an Ant moving any large object. I left out the word “trying” because I’ve never seen an Ant “try” to move something and fail. I have observed Ants untiringly struggle to move objects numerous times their own size and weight, seemingly confident that anything is possible. When an Ant cannot move something that he’s decided he wants moved he would, stop agonizing, proceed to his home and, return with several family members to assist him. Working together, the Ants always get the article moved. More often than not they can’t get it into their nest because of its size, but they do manage to get it moved.

This method of working together to overcome a burden too large for one to accomplish alone is what that got me thinking about the “Body of Christ, the Church.” In Scripture we are told to, “lift one another up, to exhort one another, to help lest we ourselves fall into temptation.” We are also instructed to, “forsake not, the gathering of ourselves together.” The “Body of Christ” is our family, if we have Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer.

Like the Ant, we often struggle with burdens beyond our ability to carry alone. God, in all His Grace and Mercy has provided several methods for us to get help along the way. He tells us, in His Word, to, “lay our burden upon Him, and to, pray without ceasing.” He has given us His Holy Spirit to guide and keep us. He has adopted us into His family and provided others to help carry our burdens.

We have this inability to act independently because we are no longer individual workers. We are a part of a family, a family that should work together, the Family of God. We can choose to struggle with every immovable object that our path leads us to or we can proceed to our home, like the Ant, and return with several family members to assist us.

Working together, and using the tools that Our Creator has provided, we can get the article moved. We often may not get it into our nest, which dear friend is another story, but we will manage to get it moved.

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Lisa Holloway07/12/07
Nice message and a relaxing read. Simple, practical, and a good reminder that God speaks to us in various ways.
Ed VanDeMark07/12/07
I'm not an insectologist or whatever name they're going by this year but I like the inchworm image. Ocassionally my faith leaps forward but most of the time it inches ahead, and sometimes I stop to look around. I would have, however liked to have seen the inchworm analogy continue to the end.
Dee Yoder 07/13/07
Many pastors, mine included, can be heard shouting , "Amen!" to this article! Your story flowed effortlessly from start to finish and kept me reading, too.
dub W07/15/07
Very interesting. Isn't it wonderful how God's tiny creatures can deliver His message so powerfully. Loved this essay. Thanks.
Jan Ackerson 07/15/07
Your first two paragraphs were extremely compelling; Id have liked to read more on the little inchworm, and for him to be the sole focus of your extended metaphor. Nice job.
Joanne Sher 07/17/07
Just loved the inchworm metaphor - your descriptions there were particularly strong.
Clyde Blakely07/18/07
"all creatures great and small, the Lord God has made them all" - for His glory. The heavens and earth really do declare the glory of God.

God bless and keep writing.
Kimberly Michalski07/19/07
Dave, I really, really like this one!! It is a great parable, great message, great writing!! :o) Kim
Jan Ackerson 09/29/07
Dave, I'm going to feature this wonderful article on the Front Page Showcase for the week of October 22. Look for it on the FW home page.
Beth LaBuff 10/22/07
I can see the inchworm exactly as you described it! You have some nice thoughts on the body of Christ working together. Congrats on being featured on the FaithWriter Frontpage Showcase!
Marilyn Schnepp 10/22/07
Fascinating. I was engrossed in the inchworm, the ant, and the way you lured this reader into seeing these little creatures as an example of the church body. Working together; However, you never did return to what happened to the little inchworm heading north on your chest...and left me wondering about his or her fate. (*.*)! A delightful parable...very interesting.
Catrina Bradley 10/26/07
Very nice! I fell right into your voice, and was captivated til the end. Super message. :) Cat
Clyde Blakely10/28/07
Congratulations my Friend. Well deserved...keep your heart close to God and write for Him! Love ya...