Summer Series: Beach Week! | Traveling Like a Sea Turtle
We have a special treat for you! To celebrate summer, we've dedicated this week to beach-themed posts that explore how the physical world — waves, sand, palms, and more — reflect our relationship with God (Job 12:7-10). Beach Week was inspired by Sister Vicki's article from a few weeks back. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy! Today's post is a rewrite of an article that a few of our bloggers liked and forwarded to us.
Do you remember that Disney movie "Finding Nemo"? Remember when the uptight clownfish, Marlin, meets the laid-back sea turtle named Crush? Marlin is surprised by the amount of freedom that Crush gives his little boy, Squirt, allowing him to roam around the ocean and make new friends.
As it turns out, this isn't too far from the truth. Baby sea turtles must take responsibility for themselves on day one.
The Mommy Turtle lays her eggs on the beach and then — unlike many other animals — abandons the eggs by returning to the ocean. Months later, the eggs hatch, and the baby turtles must follow the pure light of the moon back to the water (and safety).
God programmed the baby turtles to follow the brightest light they can see. On some beaches, the moon isn't the brightest light — it's an artificial light source cast by hotels, condos, restaurants, or shops. The babies get confused and travel in the wrong direction.
Like a baby sea turtle, I was born with free will to choose my life's direction. Too often, however, I'm distracted by meaningless things — artificial light — and I go off in the wrong direction.
Can you relate, or is it just me?
There are plenty of artificial light sources that are competing with the true and pure light of God. From bad habits and addictions to stress and distractions to temptations and worldly influences, their glitter is constantly beckoning. But the end result leads, ultimately, to death.
Like a baby sea turtle, I was born with a yearning for my true home.
My heart's true home is with God, and there is a need inside of me that only He can satisfy. There are plenty of material things (and even feelings and emotions) that I mistakenly think will quench that thirst, but I can only get there by following the true, pure light.
There is one thing I don't have in common with a baby sea turtle. When I realize I'm going in the wrong direction, I have the ability — in Christ's strength — to change my course and get back on the right path. When I do, an ocean of blessings awaits.
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