If You Give a Monkey a Light Bulb

by Sandi Banks

You are the LORD, my only source of well-being. Psalm 16:2 NET

If there were an organization called Mischievous Monkeys Anonymous, surely Mimi would be its poster child.

 Mimi, a pet ring-tail capuchin, ruled my friend’s home throughout the 1950’s. This energetic monkey was the strong-willed, creative, hyperactive problem-child in this family of eight—the one whose inherent naughtiness could not be blamed on either side of the family.

Her antics included stuffing the bathroom sink with towels and flooding the living room carpet with the cascading water … swinging from chandeliers while cradling raw eggs … tossing bright-colored packages into the grocery cart … and shaming the next-door bully-dog with her screeching and stick flailing. Her repertoire could fill volumes. But Mimi, being half-smart, taught me one lesson I’ll never forget.

She knew the light bulb in her outdoor cage was the source of warmth on chilly nights. Smart. So, every night she unscrewed the warm bulb, wrapped it in her blanket, and held it close. The warmth lasted about as long as you could say, “Not smart.”

Mimi cut herself off from the source of her comfort. A cage finally had to be put around the bulb so it could stay plugged in and keep her warm.

If we’re honest, you and I may find we’re a bit like Mimi at times—those times when we acknowledge that the Lord is our Source yet remove ourselves from Him and try to go it alone … when we walk past our Bible on our way to look for self-help books … when we forego prayer time to pour our problems out to a friend with a willing ear.

Certainly, books and friends are important. But when trials hit, we don’t want to be half-smart, embracing something that’s been removed from the source. We want to be plugged into the ultimate source of wisdom, truth, and strength:

The Lord is the source of all my righteousness and strength (Isaiah 45:24 NLT).

I will go to…God, the source of all my joy (Psalm 43:4 LT).

He will be the source of peace (Micah 5:5 NLT). 

He is the source of all comfort: (2 Corinthians 1:3 NLT).

Your Word is my source of hope (Psalm 119:114 NLT).                                           

Whenever I find my life in a power-shortage, I think of Mimi, and turn to the Source: “God, the Father, Who is the Source of all things and in Whom we have life. 1 Corinthians 8:6 AMPC

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author:  Sandi Banks is an author and devotional writer for numerous publishing houses. As a storyteller, she draws upon her years of ministry and travel in 40 countries, living abroad, leading Bible studies, and hosting Summit Ministries’ worldview conferences. Her passion is bringing the hope of Christ to hurting women through writing, speaking, and mentoring. Find her at sandibanks.com

Join the conversation: How do you plug in to the Source?


4 thoughts on “If You Give a Monkey a Light Bulb

  1. What a great visual—that monkey hugging the lightbulb. I’m pretty sure I’ve done something like this before!


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