This world can be so cold and bitter. Filled with people who are broken and can be so rude, ungrateful, selfish, and can make you feel so downgraded. God speaks to me in so many ways, a lot of times with illustrations, with the weather, and through trees, or even in the sky, but this time he used animals.
So I wanted to share with you what he showed me!
A Turtle for instance who likes to stay inside of his shell, and sometimes, when he works up enough courage he will poke his head out. But if something out there scares him, or gets to him, he’s quick to go back into his shell. I remember when I was younger, I had two turtles as pets, when I would pick them up to play with them, they would tuck back in their shell, I think because the size I was to them. A lot of times I feel this is us to the size of our problems.
” Don’t tell God how big your problems are, tell your problems how big your God is. ”
I feel like God showed me, a lot of times I can be like a turtle. When I get my feelings hurt, and life is tough, or if I’m going through a rough season, I just like to go back in my shell, and wait for it to pass. Maybe you have dreams and goals and because of what people have said to you, they have caused you to go into your shell (your safe place), to wait until it passes over, and it’s safe to go out again.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT)
Another animal is a Lion who is strong and brave, and who a lot of other animals fear. He has a great roar and can be heard for miles. He hunts after his prey.
I feel God is wanting me and you to be more like the lion, who is strong and brave! Who doesn’t let his prey ( our problems, struggles) scare him, but rather he hunts them down and eats them for lunch!
I love the one line from the song “Like a Lion” by Daniel Bashta.
” Our Gods not dead, He’s surely alive, living in the inside, roaring like a lion. ”
God has called us to be like the Lion, he wants us to walk Strong in our faith, and in what He has called us to do. Knowing we have Him living inside of us! You know we serve a BIG and MIGHTY God! So roar at your problems, insecurities, the things that beat you up in life!
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13 NLT)
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of living life like a turtle! I think it’s time we live life like the Lion!