The three turtles
Following on from my previous blog (March 27) and my time on the farm where God encouraged me to PERSEVERE, I went back to the farm a few days later – this time with some of our senior Eduplex management.
We shared our challenges, frustrations and highlights and we discussed how King Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20) handled his problem when he heard that a ‘vast army is marching against you from beyond the Dead Sea’. How he was badly shaken (panicked), then instructed the people to pray and the Holy Spirit then spoke through one of the people present and said they should prepare for war but that they would not need to fight ‘Take your places, stand quietly and see the incredible rescue operation God will perform for you….don’t be afraid or discouraged! Go out there tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!’
Over the years 2 Chronicles 20 helped me considerably when I felt ‘vast armies’ of problems were marching against me. I call it the seven “P’s” of 2 Chronicles 20 (that God gave us a miraculous answer to a specific problem the very next day based on this part is another story.)
- Problem – vast armies marching
- Panic – Jehoshaphat was deeply disturbed
- Prayer – got everybody together, shared the problem and prayed.
- Plan – God speaking through a bystander
- Prepare – they prepared for war and did not arrogantly just sit back
- Praise – they praised God for the victory even before the victory was given.
- Peace – after the victory they had peace.
We then went for a game drive. In the 13 years I have only seen 3 or 4 turtles on the farm. A small turtle crossed the road…and 400 meters further a bigger one and a short distance further another really big one. The biggest one I have ever seen on the farm.
I thought it to be interesting – nothing more. Little did I know that God had a message for me.
The next morning in my quiet time I read from one of my daily devotionals that quoted Song of Solomon 2:12 (the same verse that were read at the Royal Wedding!)
The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the signing of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.”
I was stunned. Can God be so personal? I clearly saw the Eduplex – the pre-school that started small, the primary school bigger and the large turtle depicting the high school and Eduplex Training Institute that will take the vision God gave me, (to make a difference in deaf education,) worldwide. I then Googled tortoise and saw it is a symbol of longevity, sturdiness, intelligence, prudence, multiplication (many eggs) and endurance (PERSEVERENCE!).
Finally I understood…sharing the vision of Eduplex will take time (maybe not even in my time) – all I need to do is do my part, endure and persevere, not give up, because it’s the last few yards that tell.
PS – I shared this story at a business meeting. The organiser’s wife sent him a message later in the day, without knowing about my ‘turtle talk’. “Look wat the children came home with today…”
Lord, thank you that you talk to us in so many wonderful ways. Through Your Word, other people, circumstances and also nature. Please open my eyes that I will not only see but also understand. Amen
Today is world turtle day. Read more here.