This morning, on our way out of the subdivision, I noticed a large, red ear slider turtle right in the middle of the lane of traffic. I swerved to miss it, and then looked in my rear view mirror. To my dismay, he didn’t seem to be going anywhere fast. In fact, he wasn’t going anywhere period. I had to stop and turn the car around, all the while praying no one would flatten him like a pancake in the meantime. I put the car in park, ran over, lifted him by the shell and walked about 20 feet to lower him into the nearby pond. When I lifted him, he hissed at me, then retreated safely into his attached armor. Whew! He made it to safety – at least this time!
I got to thinking, what made the turtle leave one retention pond to try to seek out another? Did he think that the “water was greener/cleaner” on the other side? Did he know the danger that he was getting into trying to satisfy his dream or curiosity? Why was he just sitting in the middle of the street as cars swerved around him? Was he paralyzed by fear or just too dumb to know any better?
How many times do we believe the grass is greener somewhere else? Do we become so overcome with envy or the dream that we “walk out into traffic?” Do we ever act without discernment? Do we rush into something that looks good/promises to be better only to find ourselves in the middle of a busy street, helplessly stranded and thinking to ourselves, “Oh CR**!”
The Lord wants not just to be a guest in our hearts on Sunday. He wants to be weaved in and out of all of the activities of our lives. He wants to be consulted in the big dreams, as well as the big problems. He wants us to ask about His Will for us in the little details of our busy lives too – that way we never have to be out in the middle of the highway dodging cars and eighteen wheelers! He wants us to be persevering, prayerful, patient… and poised. When we wait upon the Lord, we will always arrive right on time – safely!
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31