TESTIMONY OF A TURTLE
I was eating lunch with my family and listening to the kids discuss myeleven year old daughter’s newly acquired turtle Herman. My eight year oldson, his voice muffled as he spoke around a sandwich said, “Yea, Herman has abent shell.” His sister immediately shot back, “Oh, right! God made amistake when he made Herman!”
I had been facing depression for many months following the folding of myfirst church after only eleven months. I felt worthless and valueless. I hadno job, my wife was working, and I found it difficult to be thankful.Although I kept telling myself I wasn’t a failure, somehow I found itimpossible to believe. Upon hearing my children talk about the turtle, Isuddenly realized that God in fact makes no mistakes. I had just read theday before how God created all the stars, knew their number, and evenpersonally named them all (Psalm 147:4). I had been quoting the words of ourLord to myself for several days concerning the fact that He knew the number ofthe hairs on our head (Matt. 10:29-31). I know it doesn’t seem like much butthe realization that God doesn’t make mistakes with His own creation, eventurtles, encouraged me greatly. It was time to stop and thank God He hadcreated me and that He still cared for me (I Peter 5:7). Paul likewiseconfirmed that we are created in His image and for His glory (I Cor. 11:7).Furthermore, no one can acuse us any longer since we have confessed Him asLord of our lives. We have been reconciled in the body of His flesh throughHis resurrection and He presents us holy, unblamable, and unreproveable (Col.1:21-22). In short, no one can lay anything to our charge because theSaviour paid the eternal price for sin; be they recent or past, even sinsfuture. Perhaps we should listen to the testimony of God’s turtle – God makesno mistakes!
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