I love turtles. One of the coolest animals God has created. Just look at their shells… perfectly created for protection and safety.
Any time I see a turtle crawling across the road, I have to stop and pick him up. Just can’t stand to think that the next car to come by may not be as careful as I am.
So… today, we had a turtle adventure. As Jeffrey and I were driving home this morning, I noticed this little guy making his way across the road in front of me. Not really caring who was behind me, I proceeded to pull the car to the side of the road and get out. As I walked up to him, he seemed to have no fear. I was expecting him to shrink into his shell like most turtles do when they sense danger. However, this one kept his head and legs out the whole time. I picked him up and held him as we finished the trip home (only about a mile).
We put the little turtle out on the back porch and let Katherine look at him and giggle like she always does when she likes something. (Sidenote… that little giggle is a sound I will NEVER grow tired of!) Then, Oreo decided to jump into the action. She sniffed him and stayed right with him… and still the turtle showed no fear. I was amazed. This was definitely the most confident turtle I have ever seen. After we watched him for a while, we let him go in the backyard. He was gone by the time we checked again.
Our turtle adventure got me thinking about how we stay in our shells so much as Christians. We’re afraid of what people might think if we “put ourselves out there.” When we have Christ in our lives, we have no reason to fear. He promises to never leave us or forsake us. When he calls us to do something, no matter how big or how small, he will equip us to finish the task. The only thing He asks is that we get out of our shells!
What is it in your life? What are you hiding from? Has God called you to do something, yet you are letting fear control you? It’s time to just trust Him and do it… Get out of your shell!
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7