I hate to admit it…
but it’s true…I, a college honors graduate, was outsmarted by a monkey! Here follows the shameful, but true tale:
Once upon a time, in a faraway country in South America, there lived a young couple with a three-year-old son. They lived in “the house that Paul built”…and when he and his family moved back to the USA, they had to leave behind their pet monkey named “Mono.” The young couple inherited Mono when they moved into the home.
If you know any Spanish, you realize it was not a very original name, for it simply means “monkey”. But despite his unsophisticated title, Mono was actually quite clever. He lived just behind the house in a tall tree with a shelf on which he could sit and eat his food. He had a little leather harness around him with a long chain, allowing him to climb or swing from the tree.
Life could get very boring for a smart little animal like Mono, or “Monito”, as we called him. But one day the little boy rode his bright shiny new tricycle under the tree where Monito lived. Seeing his opportunity for a new plaything, Monito quickly dropped down from his perch. His chain was just long enough to allow him to grasp the handlebars, so he scolded the boy and frightened him away.
The little boy ran into the house and told his mother what had happened. The young mother became indignant and marched out the back door to assess the situation. Sure enough, Monito had a firm grip on the handlebars, moving so as to cause the tricycle to roll around from side to side. This was too much fun to let go, although the woman scolded and waved her arms at him.
Suddenly the woman had what she thought was an ingenious idea. She grabbed a nearby broom and resolutely marched toward the tricycle, looped the top of the handle into one of the crooks of the handlebars, intending to pull it beyond Monito’s grip.
But that monkey was quicker than the woman knew. Quick as a wink, he ran up the broom handle and gave her a sharp little bite in her hand! The woman squealed with surprise and outrage, dropped the broom and ran backwards. Now she really began to fuss at this precocious little animal who had dared to “steal” her son’s pretty tricycle.
Eventually, Monito thought better of the whole affair and decided he had better climb back up into the safety of his big tree. The little boy got his tricycle back, a little older and wiser about a certain very playful pet. From that day, he rode his tricycle on the sidewalk or patio. And they all lived happily ever after. The End.
And that, my friends, is how I was outsmarted by a little monkey! Have you ever felt like someone outwitted you? Was it done to embarrass you, or was it just in fun?
The Bible teaches us not to let our arch enemy outsmart us or get the advantage over us. We don’t have to be unaware of his strategies, for God’s word tells us just how he works. The Lord also promises to give us wisdom if we will just ask Him.
Thank goodness, we don’t have to be outsmarted anymore!