Like a Turtle on a Fence Post
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
Alex Haley, the late author of Roots, was said to have kept a picture in his office that showed a turtle sitting on top of a fence. It reminded him of a lesson he had learned: “Any time you see a turtle on a fencepost, you know he had some help.”
Alex Haley said: “Any time I start thinking, Wow, isn’t this marvelous what I’ve done! I look at that picture and remember how this turtle – me – got up on that post.”
We’re all turtles on fence posts, if you think about it. While others have helped us along the way, we need to especially remember that only by the hand of God have we achieved anything in life.
God made you, gave you the gifts and talents that you possess, sustains your life and health each day, and provides you opportunities to learn, grow, and achieve.
More than that, He has given every follower of Jesus Christ His gift of eternal life, the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and a wonderful future with Him that brings our lives hope, joy, and meaning.
Don’t forget to be thankful today for the Lord’s working in your life!
I am helpless to do anything good or lasting on my own, Jesus. Help me to abide in You moment by moment so You can do your work through me.