My Sam-I-am Struggle
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before but we love books. We love the library. We love to read. We love picture books, chapter books, picture only books- all of them. Recently, Nathan has discovered Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. He can recite every single word. (Mason was not really into cartoony kinds of things. So we never really read any Dr. Seuss and I didn’t feel like he was missing out on anything.)
At once, Nathan had to check the library book out. He has carried it around for several days, reciting loudly and turning the pages. He can’t really read yet what’s on each page. And after hearing it for millionth time, I started to realize how completely relentless Sam-I-am is, in his pursuit to get the other character to try the green eggs and ham. I don’t even know if the other character has a name. What sticks out to me the most is Sam-I-am’s persistance.
Peer pressure. That’s the first thing that leaps to mind. After all, one named character keeps pushing another (nameless anyone) to try it (his stuff).
As Christ followers, we have to be eyes-wide-open to recognize anything that could lower our tolerance to worldly and wrong thinking. Could this be something that sneaks in and cracks open a door to that?
On the other hand…
Could Green Eggs and Ham and Sam-i-am be a representation of how the Lord is relentless in His pursuit of His lost children?
Luke 15:4 NLT says “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it?”
Yes, I think both are applicable. And I will teach both my boys about peer pressure, very likely using this book as a sterling example.
But I am choosing the latter. I will also teach them how to see the good. Of how Sam-I-am can model Jesus, His free gift of salvation represented therein by the food, and the pursuit of the unnamed character (representing humanity) as the Parable of the Lost Sheep.
So our hat’s off to you, Sam-I-am! We like Green Eggs and Ham. We do. We like them, Sam-I-am!