Friday, 14 August 2020

M Michele's Musings

A Tale of Two Tree Frogs

It is the season for tree frogs at our home.  When I come home in the evenings and leave in the mornings the tree frogs are everywhere.  They hop their way from the water filled ditch that runs along our property.  It seems as if there are hundreds of the little amphibians climbing the sides of the house, sitting on the porch rails, leaping on cars and finding every imaginable nook and cranny to hide in, on or under.   Just a few days ago as I climbed the steps and I immediately felt a squishy little body on the handrail.  Not expecting a slimy critter to be lazing on the rail,I quickly pulled back my hand andscreamed loud enough to wake the neighbors.Though I was shaken, the little fellow was alive and off he went to hop another day.

This morning two tree frogs were on my car as I traveled to work, approximately a thirty-minute trip.  I watched as they both bravely held on for dear life seemingly stuck fast with their green sticky bodies to the side glass of my car.  Sadly, one did not make it all the way to work.  At 55 miles an hour and one swift swoop of wind the tree frog was violently thrown from where he had planted himself.I hope he survived.  Unlike his traveling buddy, amazingly, the other little guy made it all the way to my work place.  

When I left work that afternoonthe second little frog was still there, almost as if he was waiting for the ride home.At the beginning of the journey, he was in a good spot under the rain guard on the side window.  However, he began moving out from the protection of the guardand started to experience trouble holding on.  Falling along the way would likely end badly for the tree frog; he could lose life or limb.  If perchance he did survive without a terrible injury, he would fall into a completely foreign environment that may not have a frog’s vital life source of water nearby.  As we continued to drive down the road, he lost his grip more than a few times.  Through the glass, as if the little guy could understand me, I admonished the tree frog to go back under the guard where he would be protected so that he could make it safely home.  As we traveled onward, I would catch glimpses of a skinny arm or leg flailing in the wind from time to time.  Finally, he moved back under the protection of the guard, and miraculously, survived the trip back home.

Both frogs were in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Because they choose to rest on the car in the early morning they unknowingly embarked upon a dangerous journey.   First, the two tree frogs had to fight the winds that bombarded them for almost the entire trip and hold on for dear life.  Additionally, they were being taken away from their safe, grassy, watery environment to the middle of townwith little vegetation. Neither frog knew if it would make it home again safely.

Considering the two frogs a few parallels with life came to mind.  We too, just as the tree frogs, unwittingly make choices that bring us into situations that are less than favorable.  The choices can bring us down hard windy roads where we falter, loose our grip and wonder if we will ever make it through all we are experiencing.   Despite the rough journey undertaken, as long as the two frogs stayed within the shelter of the rain guard, they were protected from the fierce winds that raged against them.Eventually one frog left his place of safety and was thrown suffering an unknown fate. Life circumstances can be much the same.  If our choices lead us down difficult paths;ultimately,we have one of two choices to make.  We can let those choices lead us to other choices which will land us into even worse situations.  Or, in spite ofthe consequences of our poor choices, we listen to reassuring advice and choose to move toward the protection of a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  We throw ourselves into the arms of God and cry out toHim for mercy and guidanceto make it through the difficult times.   God will be our “rain guard” of safety from all the adversity that overwhelms us if we allow Him to do so.

Every one of us will make bad choices at some time in our lives.  Poor choices come with the territory of being human.   The Bible tells us, “All we like sheep have gone astray;we have turned, every one, to his own way.” Isaiah 53:6The Bible further states, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  Romans 3:23   However, He didn’t leave us there alone, lost and undone.  No, He gave us a way out.  He gave us a remedy.  “God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.”Romans 3:25   And He gave us hope of favor, forgiveness and restoration,“all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”Romans 3:24 God wants to bring every one of us back to Himself.  “God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them.”  2 Corinthians 5:19a

We must learn to put our “hop” in Him and hide under the safety of our wonderful “rain guard.”  In spite of our bad choices,He will have mercy andshower us in forgiveness when we turn our hearts toward Him.  His love isboundless and all encompassing;it is beyond anything we can understand.Just as the tree frog who stayed in the protection of the rain guardwas safe, ultimately, with our trust in God as our protector, we will be safe.“You are my hiding place and my shield.” Psalm 119:114a Just as the lone frog made it safely home, when we come to God, we come home to where we have always belonged in the first place: in His arms, in His love, in His care and in His protection. “But God will redeem my life from Sheol, for He will surely take me to Himself.” Psalm 49:15   “You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.” Psalm 16:11

 

Love in Christ, Michele

Copyright January2020~ Michele LeDouxAbshire

Columnist: Michele Abshire

 

Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

 

 

Share this!

Fueling Wholesome Entertainment

TWJ Magazine is the premier publication for lovers of the written word.

Please publish modules in offcanvas position.