HAWAIIAN SEA TURTLE
by: ANGELA KINCADE
As we snorkeled off the coast of Maui in an area known as "Turtle Town," we had the wonderful opportunity to swim with sea turtles. We were so close in proximity that we had to swim back as to not touch them. They swam with elegant grace and peaceful beauty.
Much to our surprise, we ran across a baby sea turtle. He swam right to us. He greatly resembled the little sea turtle in "Finding Nemo," known as "Squirt." While admiring his petite frame, it became evident that he was missing a front fi. But this spunky sea turtle swam on, never missing a beat. This little sea turtle focused on what he could do, not what he couldn't do. It's all a matter of perspective.
Our perspective is made right when we spend time reading God's Word. When we remember to fix our eyes on Christ, our seemingly large difficulties shrink in light of who He is and what He has done.
Sea Turtles dive to the shallow ocean floor and swim in underwater sea tunnels and caves in the reef, but every 20 minutes or so they must come up for air. If not, much like us, they will lose their strength and drown.
In thinking of the Christian life, it reminded me of prayer. We can swim through this life in our own strength, but to truly live we must come up for some air. When we swim in our own strength, we often find ourselves exhausted and at a loss as to which way to go. We find ourselves swimming in circles or uncertain as to which tunnel to take.
Prayer is our lifeline. It is the fresh air that we breathe. Prayer is where our faith is strengthened, where our perspective is made right, where we become more Christ-like and where battles are won. When we humbly surrender to God's Word, His will and His ways, we can peacefully glide through the deep waters of life resting confidently in His strength and not our own. In His strength, the vast sea doesn't seem so big.
While on the catamaran, the deep waves tossed the boat to and fro as we rode the waves and splashed. A few on the boat immediately felt seasick. But for most of us, it was not until about 5-6 hours later that the effects of our adventure were made known. It swept in like an ocean wave, this feeling of swaying and rocking despite standing on solid ground at the hotel. Much like prayer, some answers come quickly, while others come at a later time. But one thing is as certain as the tide, the answers come after we pray.
Maybe you have been cruising through life and you haven't really been praying. Maybe after a few prayers you gave up. Maybe the answer wasn't what you hoped for. Maybe you just got distracted. But just like me standing on the side of the Catamaran with snorkel gear and flippers on peering into the deep waters, sometimes you just have to have the courage to dive in. Just start praying. It is when you dive deep in prayer that you begin the see the unexpected blessings and answers that are around every corner and your faith discovers the deep and hidden treasures. Faith and prayer go hand in hand.
Luke 18:1 says, "And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart."
That little, one-finned sea turtle could have easily lost heart, but he just kept on swimming with joy. As Dory, another fish from "Finding Nemo," would say, "Just keep swimming; just keep swimming." As followers of Jesus, we should, "Just keep praying; just keep praying!" The answer could be swimming your way, just like that little sea turtle.
As great and fascinating as it was to swim with sea turtles, so far greater is the opportunity to openly read God's Word and fellowship with our loving Heavenly Father in prayer. Dive into God's Word, dive deep into believing prayer and wait expectantly. Then praise Him for the answers.
"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose," Romans
And sometimes, we have to wait patiently on God, because we may not quite be ready for the answers! We may have some (spiritual) growing up to do, like that baby sea turtle! I'm blessed to have crossed paths with the Hawaiian sea turtles, and I'm thankful for the lessons God taught me from my adventure with them. AK
Angela Kincade. Read "Courage To Pray" in the July 2015 newsletter.