We just got back into Crucita, Ecuador from a visit to the United States Thursday. We again had the privilege of seeing baby turtles hatch and make their way to the ocean. Each time I see this, it causes me to ponder in-depth and I always see Spiritual parallels with this awesome wonder.
The people working to protect and ensure the little hatchlings arrive safely to their destination watch tirelessly for hours and sometimes in the middle of the evening just like a midwife would do. They carve out paths for these little creatures to make it to the ocean.
Some of the little turtles move along steadily and quickly and you can tell they have energy and strength, but others walk along, but then stop to rest. I heard one of the little Ecuadorian children say “murio” which means died. No little guy, the turtle is only “descansa”, tired, my friend.
And sure enough, after a few seconds the little turtle takes off again. The turtle hatching rescuers (not sure what they are officially called) spend hours patiently watching and waiting. The obvious question would be ….why not just pick them up and put them in the water? Wouldn’t that make everyone’s life so much easier? But the answer is profound. They MUST struggle through this. Without the struggle, they would have no strength for the mighty ocean which is their final destination. This reminds me of humans on our path to our destinations in life. Often we ask why God doesn’t just rescue us and brings us to the destination. But without struggle, would we be able to handle it once we get there? The struggle is necessary to strengthen us for what lies ahead. I also thought of my own children and seeing them go through struggles. I want to rescue them and make it all better. However without the struggle, they don’t get strong or grow or learn how to handle the mighty “ocean” of life. Just like God with us, we carve a path and try to lead and encourage them however it is up to them to get there.
A couple of the turtles starting turning to the left and a couple turned toward the right. However the ocean was right in front of them. They needed to keep on the straight path. How often do we go to the right or to the left when all along the path is right straight in front of us? How painful it must be for God to see us struggle and leave that straight path and go through so many unnecessary struggles to the right and to the left. Similarly it is painful when we as parents see our own children move in paths that cause pain, exhaustion, depression and despair.
If the little turtles kept moving to the right or to the left, it would end in death. There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. (Proverbs 14:12) However, similar to the endless work of the turtle rescuers, our Heavenly Father says to us: “Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil”… “Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding”…. “In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight”.
Thank you Lord for teaching me through your Creation profound Biblical Truths. Thank you for teaching me not to rely on my own limited human understanding but to seek You and to stay the course to the finish line. Amen.