Life is hard. Sometimes things don’t go the way we hope. Sometimes things don’t go the way we plan. Sometimes life just seems so difficult, like we’ll never make it to our destiny.
But we can’t give up. God has plans for each of us. And God’s plans are good. Even when the road is long, and the way seems difficult, we have to trust Him.
On a family trip to the ocean, I got up early in hopes of catching the sunrise over the ocean. God and I have a little pact: if He will give me a sunrise over the water, I’ll get up for it, no matter how early it is or how tired I am. So on that first morning at the ocean, after having driven 20 hours straight to get there, I got up early while the rest of my family remained sound asleep, and sat in the drizzle while I waited for the sun as it TRIED to peak through the rain clouds in the distance.
I sat shivering on the damp sand, only partially covered by a towel, in the drizzle praying.
As I glanced up, pausing in my prayer, this mighty little warrior of a sea turtle marched six inches in front of me. He quite surprised me! It wasn’t a sight you saw every day, nor in fact, had I ever seen any others so close during my early morning sunrise sightings.
I looked all around wondering what nest he might have come from, or where the rest of his family was, but to no avail.
When you’re on a mission, don’t give up.
Solo, he was on a mission and I followed him to make sure he got there safely.
He knew his innate purpose and marched toward the sea as if God, Himself, was calling. From his perspective, the sea was so far away, and he was all alone. But he didn’t let that stop him. I got down on the ground and looked from his vantage point. I would have been tempted to give up on more than one occasion.
As you march forward on your mission, don’t give up or let anything stop you.
A couple times he got sideways (don’t we all?) or looked back (I’ve done that too!) or even had to pause and take a break. Once he lost his way and even got turned around the way he had come momentarily, but he never gave up. He knew why he was created and he kept that as his focus.
Trust God’s plan for your life: His plans are good
You may get sidetracked or turned around but keep your focus. God has a plan.
So even when things take a different course than you’d expect, or the path seems long and hard, or the storms come instead of sunny skies, keep your eyes on Him.
None of it surprises God and He will get you where you need to be when you need to be there.
Trust God’s plans for your life—they are good.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans for a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
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What an encouraging post today, Michelle.
Love the turtle!
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Thanks Melanie!! Appreciate you stopping by!
Thank you for this encouragement today. So often I drift off course because I fail to keep my eyes and thoughts focused on God’s words!
It’s been such a long time since I was at the beach, the poor little guy. The wind and waves could frighten him with that roar but it draws him ( or her) . Making that loop and struggling but then carried away and home free. Love it, thanks Dr. B.
I was thinking the same thing…what a big bad scary world to face, and face it all alone without his or her family. But he or she went straight for it and with all the speed and gusto he could give it! I hope I pursue my dreams with the same abandon!
https://preciousinhissite.wordpress.com/2017/08/30/baby-turtle/ I thought you might like this.
i need to remember that none of it surprises God – great post! great little turtle.
I frequently have to remind myself of the same thing!!
God, seems to have a plan for us and is never surprised at the chaos in our lives. We only need to trust him. Blessings Diana
Thanks for sharing the video, so cool!
This was such an encouraging post for me as I continue on through a year of constant excruciating pain that nothing seems to help… and watching that turtle actually gave me strength. As a former Floridian, I know how unusual it is for a turtle to be out during the day, as they usually come out at night as they are attracted to the lights of oceanfront condos. Thank you for your posts.
Awe, how sweet was that little guy?! 🙂 Perfect object lesson. Thanks for the reminder to stay focused and keep moving toward His best. 🙂
Love your message of hope and it is really needed here in Houston, where millions of people have been affected by the catastrophic floods from Hurricane Harvey. #HopePrevails
I just wrote about sea turtles and purpose in July. 🙂 They are amazing creatures.
Yes, God’s plan is so much better than anything I could come up with!
I just love how God can encourage us through the little signs He gives us. Thanks for sharing your encouragement with us. Praying for you and your family.
What a wonderful picture to not give up. Love the little turtle. Thanks, Michelle.
Oh wow, what a beautiful demonstration of perseverance. God did get that little guy to the sea and I could sense the elation when that first splash hit him. He had made it and he rested for a moment in that knowledge but he didn’t quit, he kept going until he was engulfed in that precious life giving water. What do we do when things get hard? We trust God’s plans. He has Good Plans for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us. Thanks so much for this precious message and this amazing sea turtle!
Your messages are always so uplifting and you give us great visualizations, such as the turtle. God has given you the gift of writing, Michelle. Keep on writing so we can continue to be inspired, uplifted & encouraged.
He is soooo much better at making plans than I am.