Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

DO YOU KNOW ANY TURTLES?

Sunday my minister used the following story as an illustration in his sermon.

A woman saw a turtle in peril on their road. She stopped her car, got out and rescued the turtle. She took it to a safe area with a stream where she believed the turtle would have a better life. The strong-willed turtle immediately turned around and headed back to the busy road.

Our minister said this is the way God turns us in a better direction and we go back to whatever we were doing before we were “shown the way”..

I don’t like the minister’s analogy. I think the turtle was following a plan in the first place and doing what turtles do, going where the turtle intended to go. This woman decided to mix in force her demands on the turtle. She decided she knew better than the turtle or the turtle’s creator.

Who are we to mess with nature? Sometimes we have to accept peril in order to respect another’s plan.

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