Johnny the Gecko Did Not Die in Vain:
  
Johnny the Gecko Did Not Die in Vain:
Essays on Faith, Life, and a Hapless Lizard
Published:
7/13/2012
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ISBN:
978-1-46890-766-7
Life can be hard; struggles and pain cause us to grieve, question and sometimes even wallow. Author Ellen Topness addresses these issues and her personal attempts at overcoming the tendency to become stuck in these dark places. Her essays are honest, vulnerable, gently self-deprecating, and often humorous. The book reminds readers they are not alone in their questions, inadequacies, and doubts. Ultimately, it inspires and encourages the reader to perseverance and faith for the journey that is life.
Joseph's story in the book of Genesis in the Bible has always interested me. I have to admit the idea of his constantly being a favorite bothers me. I know he had pain, ok, being sold into slavery by your own family, then being accused of attempted rape, then rotting away in prison. Yes, he suffered a lot and I should have empathy. But he was a favorite, so none of that matters. See what I mean about shallow thoughts? I totally relate to his brothers' jealousy and resentment. Joseph is such a wonderful story of redemption, of God's constant presence even in dark prison places, and of reconciliation. There are so many inspiring, keep persevering, God is in control messages. Yet, what I seem to always come back to is how it must have been for his brothers to desperately want their father's love and to know that they would never be as loved as their brother; that Joseph would always be the chosen one. What I somehow get out of this wonderful story of restoration is that God has favorites, and that probably Joseph's brothers' relationship to Jacob is more symbolic of my standing with God than Joseph's beloved status. Now, that's kind of sick, huh? I can take a perfectly excellent Bible passage, fraught with messages, encouragement, and inspiration, not to mention perfect for flannel board presentations in Sunday school classes, and change it to another reason why I am not important to God. I grew up in an orphanage where the favored ones were called privileged characters or PC's. I spent time and energy and sweat and pain trying to be one of them. I was not often successful. Thus, I see Joseph in light of my own story. Quite frankly, I don't really like him; he was a PC. Joseph causes me to struggle with my concept of God. I question the statement that God does not have favorites when I think about the beautiful multi-colored coat he wore while his brothers wore rags. (It does not say the rags for coats part anywhere in the biblical account, but I always add it in my mind to make the inequity greater and more dramatic) I am going to work on learning from Joseph about the true nature of God. I am going to try to surrender the pride that says I know better than God about what is fair and just. I will try to rest in the knowledge that i am i and He is He. I want to be joyful and thankful for whatever role I have in life, whether it's a Joseph assignment, or a more behind the scenes position. Because it is not my sense of justice that causes me to relate to Joseph's brothers. It's my sense of entitlement. If I thought I was the favorite, I would not spend time pondering unfairness and injustice for everyone else. I would be too busy enjoying my status as favorite.------------
Ellen Topness is a private-practice counselor who specializes in working with addictions and trauma and abuse issues. She has a Masters in Counseling and additional education on working with trauma. Mrs. Topness also enjoys writing about life, health, and faith. She lives in Beaverton, Oregon with her husband, son, very naughty destroyer-of-shoes dog, and two cats.
 
 


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