The temperatures were rising as my friend and I made our way to one of the many pools at the resort where we were staying recently. As we entered the gate we saw an adorable sight! A mama Duck and 4 daring, tiny ( days old) baby ducks! Really so cute!! However, as I watched this sight for a short period of time I began to realize what was really going on.
This mama and her babies had been in the pool a really long time; too long. Mama duck kept jumping up on the cement border of the pool, then turning to her babies in a sound that convinced me she was begging them to jump too. The jump was too high, too far. The babies were tired.
Well, my friend and I were so concerned so we used numerous methods to “try” and help them climb out on their own. A pool float, and chair leaning into the pool, a pool noodle set as an angle that would have allowed them to simply walk out! There was a way out and yet they stayed far away from these different pieces of equipment not realizing that they were there for there own good!!
Frustrated I sat in my lounge chair assuming that “nature” would figure a way out, I should let nature take it’s course. I tried to ignore their constant peeping, tried not to acknowledge their attempts to climb out revealed by a tiny knowing splash! Ugh, I could not stand the thought of those little babies drowning on my watch!!
With all the resolve I could muster I stepped into the pool determined to lift these precious little ones out of certain failure. When they saw me coming they were so afraid, fiercely peddling those tiny feet trying desperately to get away! Didn’t they know I had a plan for their good~~ to save them???
Finally I was able to “corner” those tiny babies in my much bigger hands and lift them out to safety! Whew! When their “feet” hit the dry pavement they scurried away into the bushes leaving the pool area! They were Free!! I was relieved.
I always consider all the life lessons around me; fiercely looking for a deeper truth hidden there and God is always faithful to reveal precious thoughts to me!!
So often we stay in unhealthy situations: relationships, jobs, or ministries because we feel we cannot find a way out. The leap seems to high, just impossible! The Lord in His goodness often provides “escape” opportunities; ways to move out of a season that is creating undo weariness, and many times we just can’t see it! We may even see those options as something to fear! ( like the floating device the ducks “could ” have utilized but were deathly afraid of!!
We serve a compassionate God and even when we miss all the signs He will reach down and “pluck us out” of a situation and put our feet on a firmer foundation. Initially we may feel shocked or uncertain -yet hindsight will reveal the depth of His love for us! I have seen this so many times in my life. Situations that seemed like an end was actually a fresh start on “dry ground!”.
Never imagine that your Heavenly Father is not aware of how fast you are peddling and that, like me listening to the peeps of weary babies, He misses your tears. He does not! So I encourage you to look at your life with a fresh filter! If you recognize you are weary and a change needs to come; Trust that He is setting out tools of escape for you and if you face a dramatic ending to something unhealthy consider that with His big hands He has lifted you out of the water because His heart was breaking at your cries for help! He can’t rest when His children weep.
Trust that if He hears you He will not leave the “pool” until He has seen you through!! He is so good. Let that soak in! 🙂