The story of the wise turtle.

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There once was a wise turtle who lived many years under the maple trees, along the Sugar Creek River. Every day he would sit on the same shiny,black rock and sun himself as the river flowed by. He would slowly swim to his rock, saunter upon it, stretch out his neck as far as he could, shut his eyes and allow the warm sun to lay upon him. He moved slowly, as turtles do, never in hurry or in a worry. Rather he moved intentionally and with purpose, always knowing where he was going and why he was going there. His wisdom came not from his age or his thoughtful movements, but rather it came from a place within. It was an internal, eternal quiet Purpose.

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You see, all around him was chaos. There was the river. That unpredictable, living organism which knew no boundaries. It did know rage and violence on stormy nights and had fallen victim to pollution and the abuse of Man. The river was the turtle’s life source, but it was also unruly and unfair. There were the creatures along the shore and those who flew overhead who would have eagerly devoured him for dinner. It was very likely that every day he could have been eaten alive by some unforeseen enemy. It gave validity for fear. There were the changes in the seasons. As the autumn frost laced the forest, and the cold wind whipped his home, he would burrow himself down and root himself into the earth, waiting for the cold wind to pass. It was the assurance and the threat of change. All around him there was cause, just cause, for worry.

But the wise turtle, everyday, would lumber up to his rock, stretch out his long neck, close his eyes, and wait for the sun to shine. Trusting that it would. It always did.

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Joshua 1:9-11 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”And Joshua commanded the officers of the people, “Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess.’”

2 Corinthians 3:4-6 “And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”

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