For one thing, it’s not a pond. It is a ditch.
Those are ducks, in a ditch.
I see it all the time. It bugs me. There are ponds nearby. There are lakes. (I live in Michigan… there are lakes everywhere!) There are rivers and creeks… all with clean, fresh (well, for the most part clean.. at the very least clean-ER than ditches)water.
Yet daily, I run, walk and drive, past ducks, paddling around, in ditches.
I wonder if they know there are better places to swim? I wonder if they know there are better places for “romantic getaways?” (It’s almost always a couple, as pictured, above.) I wonder if they will soon be raising their little ducky families to swim in ditches? (Actually, I don’t wonder about that, I’ve seen whole duck families in ditches it’s sad.:()
This morning, on my run, I passed by these ducks, and I wondered whether this is how God sees me sometimes… paddling around in a dirty ditch, when there are so many beautiful places I could be swimming….
Don Miller talks a lot about story.. and how we often live lame stories when they could be so much more incredible.. if we took risks, if we asked “What if”. If we left our ditches and found fresh water….
In a lot of ways, I’ve been swimming in a ditch and happy to do it. I’ve been depressed about my weight, and afraid to take some next steps in writing… I’ve been living on the edge of my dreams afraid that if I step out of my ditch to move toward it….. well… I might get run over….
You know what? It would be better to be run over trying to get out of this ditch, than to keep swimming in it.
I’m out. A few weeks ago- when Don asked the “What if” question.. I responded with what if I got off the couch instead of complaining about my weight? Well… I did it. And today? I walked/ran 5 miles! (we won’t discuss how long it took- others have run marathons in that time..) I’m working on writing and submitting…and taking some huge risks there too… I want to get over the fear that keeps me in the ditch…
Today I want you to think about yours… are you living a lame story? Are you swimming in a ditch? What keeps you there? I hope you’ll find you’re way out… I’m looking for mine;) I think I may even be scrambling up the side of the ditch.. on my way out!
1 My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you prosperity.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight. [a]
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones. Proverbs 3:1-8