Have you ever seen a gargoyle wedged in the trunk of a tree?
I saw one recently, and it scared me. It looked evil, as if it had materialized from the ether, or some misguided soul had put it there as an antennae for bad mojo.
I know these gargoyles and grotesques, adorn buildings and cathedrals, and it makes me wonder, what’s their purpose? Do they sit atop cathedrals as guardians to ward off evil, or are they simply reminders of the evil that exists in the world, and we are safer inside the church?
I sincerely hope it’s the former.
I love the idea that ugly disfigured monsters are in fact the trusted custodians of sacred places, and the warriors of God. This idea persists into our own modern day culture. Chewbacca, Groot, Cyrano de Begerac, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Beast (Beauty and the Beast), The Incredible Hulk, Sloth from Goonies, are all monstrous in appearance yet driven by an indomitable spirit and an inherent sense to protect those they love.
It got me thinking: What else exists in my life that I overlook because of its ugliness? What about myself do I find abhorrent and disgusting that might just hold the key to my true heroic purpose?
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” 1st Samuel 16:7.
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Gargoyle: 1a: a spout in the form of a grotesque human or animal figure projecting from a roof gutter to throw rainwater clear of a building b: a grotesquely carved figure 2: a person with an ugly face
Grotesque: 1a: a style of decorative art characterized by fanciful or fantastic human and animal forms often interwoven with foliage or similar figures that may distort the natural into absurdity, ugliness, or caricature