Continuing our absurd journey through Advent with the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar. A fun, and at times thought-provoking (I hope), read. Thanks for reading.
Today’s mini-model required the most research by me yet. While I’m more knowledgeable than the average Star Wars fan, I draw a blank a lot of times. And I did today with this, the Sheathipede-Class Transport Shuttle.
How about we keep it simple. Instaed of the Sheathipede-Class Transport Shuttle, we will go with the easier name of Neimoidian Shuttle. Remember the Neimoidians? Those whiny bad guys in The Phantom Menace that wouldn’t frighten anyone? They were separatists due to taxation, right?*
*I should have paid closer to attention to all those prequel scenes in the Senate.
The Neimoidian Shuttle had no cockpit, was automated, and ferried passengers short distances. Thinking on this, donkeys and camels come to mind. The transport of the day when Jesus was born.
Traveling is synonymous with the Nativity. It makes sense when you consider the word “journey” is often used when talking about one’s spiritual growth. Joseph and Mary were traveling when Jesus was born. The magi traveled upwards of two years to see Jesus. In both cases, their likely transport was a lowly beast of burden
What distance will you go for Jesus? And, does your transport matter when it comes to determining how far you will go? Both these journeys took longer than expected, but in the end I don’t think either of them thought of that. Neither cared they were on uncomfortable pack animals exposed to the elements. What mattered was the destination, and that they made it.
It can seem a tad kitschy with Nativity renderings when you have a veritable zoo present in the scene. However, it would make sense to have representation of the donkey and camel. The faithful transport of Joseph and Mary, and of the wise men.*
*Even if in context the wise men weren’t at the birth, it’s nice their (alleged) camels get some attention.
And as I wrap up this post, I think of Jana and I’s former car. It was a piece of junk, but it transported us from place to place. It was given to us in 2008, and lasted us almost four years. In the story of our lives, it is a prop piece that will get attention. What the car took us to was immeasurable.