I went out for an evening walk to clear my mind the other day and with each step I took I felt more and more burdened with stressful thoughts about all the cares of our life. Would we have enough to make ends meet? Was there more I could be doing to help my husband out? Was I enriching our children’s lives enough and preparing them adequately for the world they will face as they grow? Etc., etc., etc.!!!
I had chosen a talk to listen to on my iPod to get my mind on more positive things, but the noise in my head was drowning it out. Finally, frustrated and overwhelmed, I pressed stop. Taking deep breaths, I pressed on with my walk, determined to not be consumed.
Just then I came up to the irrigation canal. To my surprise there were six cute little ducklings energetically swimming against the current eating up all the bugs that were flowing by. I was immediately filled with an incredible sense of peace and reassurance from above. You see, cute though the ducklings were, it wasn’t their cuteness that touched me. You see, just a week before, the kids and I had walked that very same way and had seen these six little ducks forging their way alone with no mother duck in sight. We were sad to see that they were alone and the kids were concerned that they wouldn’t make it, so we said a little prayer for them and kept on our walk.
The fact that God had protected and provided for these tiny little creatures for a whole week by themselves was what touched me so. In this tiny little gesture, my heavenly Father reassured me that He was in control of all the details of our life. He is providing and will continue to. He is preparing each of us for what lies ahead.
I’m so thankful that, while I’m not sure what is coming up ahead, my loving Father does and is already there providing all I need, even encouragement to keep forging ahead because He is with me.
I encourage you to always look up when every cell in your body is trying to focus on the negatives in life. There is someone that is always there, looking out for you and guiding you, if you will but listen!