2 Corinthians 4:8-9 – We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed. (KJV)
It has been raining quite a bit lately, and we have been having a difficult time trying to get the grass cut between the showers. The more rain we have, the quicker the grass grows. It is a vicious cycle.
The grass was quite long the last time I cut it. We have a large yard, which takes over an hour to cut, and I had to watch carefully for many toads, roused from their hiding spots in the longer grass.
There is a small strip of grass between our house and the neighbour's fence. It takes only about six rounds of the lawn mower to cut this section. After the second time around, I noticed a toad. It hopped several times to get away from the lawn mower, only to have to hop back as I circled around the other side. I kept my eye on it with each pass, as the strip of uncut grass narrowed.
Finally, it was cornered. I stopped and gently nudged the toad to one side, where it would be safe from the spinning blade of the mower.
Often our lives seem like this. We go in circles looking for answers, moving ahead, only to find ourselves back where we started.
Like the toad, we need to look up. God is always there to give us a nudge in the right direction.
Prayer: Loving Father, You always protect us from above, even when we do not look to You for guidance. When our lives are spinning out of control, we have only to look up to feel Your presence. Show us the way — Your way. Amen.