A few weeks ago, my oldest son and I were talking about the books that he is reading in English class. Specifically, we started talking about The Grapes of Wrath. I was very honest with him and explained that I was not a John Steinbeck fan. (sorry to you that are) My son was offended that I did not like Steinbeck and quickly showed his excitement, explaining how Steinbeck, using his genius wordsmithing skills, took three pages to describe a turtle.
“My point exactly!” I exclaimed. (I often grow bored of the seemingly hyper-descriptive writes.)
Of course, the next thing that my son insisted on was reading to me the pages about the turtle. I listened and, honestly, I actually found it to be quite interesting.
I’m sure that I have forgotten the “exacts” of the story, but it went something like this (minus all the excess “descriptives,” of course): The turtle was trying to cross the road when a car came. The driver of the car went off of the road in order to MISS the turtle. Then along comes a pickup. Not only did the driver swerve to HIT the turtle, but I think that I remember that he also turned his vehicle around to do it again.
I was fascinated by the story, as each driver depicts well a slice of our society. Some people will put themselves in danger in order to save another, while others will do whatever it takes to cause harm.
As Christians, we are called to do the former. ….
You see, the cool part about the story with the turtle is that the turtle was carrying a tree SEED in his mouth. Had the pickup driver successfully killed the turtle, he would have also KILLED the “life” that the turtle was carrying.
We ALL carry “seeds” ~ LIFE.
Sometimes we see others that we don’t understand and perceive their “seed” as bad. We then take it upon ourselves to pluck their “seed” from them as we “swerve” to “HIT” them.
I wonder how many of us take the time to UNDERSTAND before we start “swerving?” I wonder how many of us seek the Lord our God with all of our heart, mind, body and soul and ASK first for UNDERSTANDING (What is the Truth of this, Lord?)
We are called to Seek the Truth FIRST.
“Seek ye FIRST the Kingdom of God and its righteousness”
The Truth is LIFE.
Who’s your “turtle?”
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