I’m blessed to live in a part of Belize that is home to some of the most fascinating species of animals in the world.
Creatures like the Basilisk lizard (Basiliscus vitiates).
It’s more commonly known as “the Jesus Christ Lizard.”
It’s called that because it can walk– actually run–across water without sinking.
I’ve seen a Jesus Christ Lizard or two but not seen one run on water.
Actually it was more like a glimpse. It’s not as if I were out looking to spot one, even though I knew they are quite common in the part of Chaa Creek Reserve where I was exploring with my binocs one day.
But I saw one so unexpectedly that I was caught off guard by it–and then another, or maybe the same one. And, unfortunately, it (or they) didn’t run across the water for me. They just sort of slinked away without going in the water at all.
Of course, in the times I’ve tried to find one again, I’ve never even seen one.
Isn’t that how life goes–the most wondrous moments happen when we aren’t striving after wondrous moments.
My life will be complete if and when I ever see a Jesus Christ Lizard run across the water. But I’ll go looking for butterflies and not the lizards.
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