Did you know that the average turtle swims at a pace of 10-12 mph, but walks at 3-4 mph? That’s a pretty big discrepancy! I wonder if turtles would rather find water to travel through instead of by land, if they had the choice. Do you think they would reroute Google Maps to find out if they can incorporate water into a road trip? [I think they would.]
We can learn a lot from turtles and their speed, depending on where they are traveling. If you’re willing to read about how I think God can teach us through turtles, carry on.
One if by sea*: Swim and don’t look back. Put all your energy into it. Let the mission of God propel you.
Two if by land: When it’s time to take care of yourself, slow down. Walk like a turtle. Be purposeful in slowing down. Don’t be in a hurry, for the sake of your soul. We live in an immediate, faster-than-the-speed-of-sound kind of culture. Your soul needs breathing room. Make time for that!
Dan White, Jr., one of my favorite authors, reminds us about how Jesus celebrated taking a day to rest, a.k.a. the Sabbath. “God embraced limits in the incarnation and so should you.”
Jesus took time to rest. He reconnected with The Creator when He needed. He feasted and spent time with people purposefully, without looking at the sundial every few minutes.
Jesus provides a great model for us, in taking a Sabbath. He reminds us that our work is not so important that we cannot pause for a day. It is an act of faith for us to pause and rest, trusting that God will provide and we can continue our work afterward.
Taking a Sabbath is annoying and gets in the way, sure! But it’s always worth it. The Sabbath was created for us, after all. God knows what He is doing.
Check out this song by All Sons and Daughters, “Oh How I Need You.” Reconnect with our God, even if it’s not technically the Sabbath.
*I am aware that it was “one if by land, two if by sea.” I wanted to talk about water first!