Thanks for reading the most amazing series of posts about the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar that are based out of Omaha, NE. As you can tell, I’m having fun with it. I do hope it is thought-provoking at the same time. Enjoy as always!
“Gonk. Gonk. Gonk.” (That would be the sound of the Gonk Droid.)
The Gonk Droid’s claim to fame? The above one-liner from Star Wars inside the Jawa’s sandcrawler. C-3P0 and R2D2 are reconnected inside the sandcrawler, and this thing is aimlessly wandering around it spouting off its vocabulary.
The Gonk Droid was a mobile power generator. It was sought after on planets, like Tatooine, where there were massive desolate areas. Gonks could power Uncle Owen’s precious moisture vaporators.
“Gonk. Gonk. Gonk.”
This droid is one of the more pointless things about the Star Wars universe, but yet it is remembered well from the original trilogy. At Star Wars conventions, you’ll probably see some random kid dressed up as a Gonk Droid.
It’s a functional droid. It serves a purpose. It has its fifteen minutes of fame within the Star Wars saga.
I’m reminded of the manger. There are precious few details given with the birth of Jesus. While we can infer a lot, not much is given that is definite. We do know of the manger, though. It’s referenced three times in Luke 2.
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. —Luke 2:7 (ESV)
And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” —Luke 2:12 (ESV)
And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. —Luke 2:16 (ESV)
This is a detail that is meant to be known about the Nativity. It is a detail that would lead the shepherds to Jesus. You wonder if the shepherds found other babies wrapped in swaddling clothes, but were like, “Uh… the baby is not in a manger. Keep going.”
While not as advanced as the moisture vaporator, the manger is a functional piece of agriculture equipment. It is used to feed livestock. So, were there any livestock that tried to come over and munch a bit when seeing baby Jesus laid in the manger?
The manger. Every Christmas it carries significance. It’s significance is that it is insignificant. The King who was born a pauper. It adds to the narrative that Jesus doesn’t care about your past, he cares about you.
One of my favorite scenes from the Indiana Jones films is when Indy is looking for the Holy Grail. You have all these rich chalices lining the room to draw the attention of people, and the richness of one has just fooled the antagonist to his death. However, Indy knew what to look for.
“That’s the cup of a carpenter.”
Indy finds an insignificant cup, a cup a carpenter would use, which ends up being the fabled Holy Grail.
Jesus is the king, yet his first resting place was a manger. No matter your origins, no matter your background, Jesus loves you and can relate to you.