Week 12 Day 6
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
I Kings 18: 21 Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you [i]hesitate between two opinions?
Two of God’s creatures set out to cross a country highway. One, a Missouri Box turtle, the other a gray squirrel. Both had the same destination, the green space on the other side of the road. The Turtle, perhaps because of what we humans might perceive as its limited mobility, traveled in a straight line, looking neither left nor right, and straining ahead with all its might. The squirrel on the other hand chose to dither in the middle of the road, jumping first one way then another.
How like these creatures we humans tend to be. When we are determined on a goal some will forget about everything and everyone I pursuit of that goal. They will strain with all their might to reach the perceived end. Others will desire the same goal, but will be consumed by self- doubt looking this way and that and literally stalling out on the way to the goal.
Scripture is replete with advice on both sides of this issue. Concepts such as “counting the cost” (Luke 14:28) or “forgetting what is behind” (Philippians 3:13) seem, at first glance to come down on both sides of the issue. However, it is essential that we understand the the scriptures are a gift from God to anyone whose heart and mind are enlightened by the Spirit of God. It may be easily seen from the lives of various Bible characters that God is fully aware of and willing to embrace many personality types. So, be encouraged. If you’re a little bit squirrelly, or a little bit turtlelish God’s got you covered. Listen to him.