Broken Wholeness – Shell Shocked
Key Bible Verse: You are stronger than I am, and you overpowered me. – Jeremiah 20:7
Bonus Reading: Jeremiah 15:10-21; 20:7-18
I vacationed on a South Carolina barrier island when the 300-pound loggerhead turtles were coming ashore. One night I watched one drag herself onto the beach to lay her eggs. Afraid of disturbing her, I left but returned next morning to see if I could find where her eggs lay hidden.
Alarmingly, I found her tracks headed in the wrong direction. She’d lost her bearings and wandered into the hot dunes and certain death. Following the tracks, I found her, exhausted. I poured water on her, covering her with seaweed, and ran to notify a park ranger.
He returned in a jeep, flipped the turtle on her back, wrapped tire chains around her front legs, and hooked the chains to his trailer hitch. Then he sped off, dragging her through the sand so fast her mouth filled with sand and her head bent back as if it would break.
I followed the path that the prow of her shell cut in the sand. At the edge of the ocean, he unhooked her and flipped her right side up again. At first she didn’t move. But after a large wave broke over her, she slowly moved, pushed off, and disappeared.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether you’re being killed or saved by the hands that turn your life upside down.
—Barbara Taylor in Leadership
My Response: Am I confused about what God’s doing in my life now? Can I trust Him anyway?
Thought to Apply: We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.—Henry Ward Beecher (New York preacher)
Adapted from Leadership (Spring 1992)
Prayer for the Week: Hear my cry, for I am very low. Rescue me … so I can thank you.