Are You the Turtle?
Categories: Pastor Dave's eNote
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son…”
– Romans 8:28-29
Last Sunday, on my way home from church I passed a turtle in the road. I’m not a slow driver, as you would imagine, but a real live turtle? This turtle was dead center in the middle of the road. As soon as I passed him I began to worry. What if someone doesn’t see him? What if someone hits him and that causes their car to lose control? What if someone loses control of their car trying to avoid him? So, I prayed for the turtle, “Lord protect that turtle and guide his steps.” The Lord responded, “David, go back and help that turtle.” I turned around, pulled off to the side of the road and bent down to pick up the turtle.
The turtle was not happy. He hissed at me and kicked his little legs as fast as was possible. His world was being turned upside down. He then retreated into his shell. I placed him gently in the grass, at the end of some water and waited. I don’t know why I was waiting. Perhaps I was hoping he would stick his legs and head out and at least acknowledge my help. I waited for a while, but he was too afraid, or angry or perhaps a combination of both, so I left.
Often in our lives, we are like that turtle. Some event, person, or circumstance turns our life upside down. We panic. We retreat. We even cry out, “God where are you?” Little do we know that God is working out His good purpose and He is using all things to make us more like Christ. When we are growing spiritually, life looks different. A challenge becomes an opportunity. Hardships deepens our faith. Blessings give us a chance to bless others. Crisis drives us to prayer. We don’t respond to things that turn our lives upside down with panic, anger or frustration, because we know nothing happens to us, but that everything happens for us.
This is why Spiritual Growth matters. It’s why our vision and plan to grow this community spiritually matters to God. I hope it matters to you. When you pray for this church, attend worship, serve and give, you are a part of our effort to strengthen marriages, equip parents, prepare students and build up the body of Christ. Spiritually strong families and individuals bring forth spiritually strong churches. Churches like ours can lead the nation into God’s preferred future. Thank you for supporting Pastor Jonathan, our Minister of Discipleship, and all the leadership of our church, that sees His work as an invaluable part of what we are called to do.
Will you please pray for the Holy Spirit to work in your life and ask Him to lead you to a place of growth? Will you pray for all those in our church that God is growing spiritually? Will you consider submitting an estimate of giving pledge as an act of faith and trust in Jesus, the Lord of the Church?
This week in worship, we will be talking about leadership and the church. My hope is you’ll come to a better understanding of what it means to be a spiritual leader and that you’ll hear God’s call upon your life to support, pray and encourage the church. My hope is you’ll come to a deeper understanding of what it means to truly bless those around you. I hope you will come because it’s going to be great!
Last, if your life is turned upside down right now and you’re feeling disoriented, afraid and frustrated, you know what, that just may be God moving your heart to where it needs to be.
David L. Davis