Imagine yourself walking down a sidewalk. The sun is shining. The sky is blue. The birds are singing. It’s a beautiful day. You see something on the sidewalk up in the distance. It is slowly moving from one side to the other. As you get closer, you notice a child walking towards you. Whatever is on the sidewalk, moving slowly, is between you and the child. As you approach, you see that it is a large snail. Completely stretched out, moving gracefully, with his “shell house” moving right along with him. All of a sudden the child that was walking toward you laughs out loud and kicks the snail as hard as he could into the grass!
Imagine yourself in the place of the snail… Life is grand. After weeks and weeks of rain, the sun is finally out! The sidewalk is warm and toasty. It feels so good that you have stretched yourself out completely. You’ve “put yourself out there”. You are happy. You are content. You are moving towards a goal. You are excited about the path before you. Then all of a sudden, your happy day begins turning and rolling, over and over. What was up, is now down. What was right, is now left. Nothing is where it should be. What happened? You weren’t bothering anyone. You were just doing your thing. Content. Happy.
Life is sometimes like that. You don’t see the thing that is getting ready to derail you from your content and happy path. It may hurt. Things may be upside down for a little bit. So what do you do? How do you respond? Let the snail be our guide… He knows the abilities that the creator has given him. He has a way to protect himself. He knows how to upright himself. To reset his course and be true to the Creator who made him.
So when we are knocked off course, lets be like the snail. Let’s be true to our Creator too. Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” See? We don’t have to fear. We don’t have to be dismayed. We just need to accept the help and strength that is being offered. There is a right hand waiting to make things “right with us” (righteous). Come on my friend, reach up.