Mornings around here involve three things; showers, breakfast and the news. Now, as of late, the local weather guy has been doing much more than just the weather and he's been getting on my nerves (mostly because he's the only one who thinks his jokes are funny), so we've taken to watching CNN most of the time.
I was struck by a story that aired there this week. A mama duck was leading her babies down a crowded street when all of the sudden, the babies were gone. They had all fallen into the storm drain.
Now, my immediate reaction was to say to Jon, "Didn't she realize that if she lead them over the drain, they'd fall in?" His reply was a flippant "Well, maybe she thought they wouldn't because she couldn't."
But then it hit me. Maybe it wasn't so much that she didn't expect them to fall in when she lead them over the drain as it was that maybe, just maybe one of them took their eyes off her for a split second and they all followed resulting in them having their own adventure, as it were.
Thinking that just maybe they knew best and then discovering that wasn't true.
And isn't that like humans in our ways? Following God on His path for us and then getting distracted by something- something small, sometimes something bigger- that takes us off the path and into the drain.
Just by taking our eyes off of Him for one second. And it can be innocent things that cause us to look away; busyness, worries, day to day stuff.
But if we don't get our eyes back on Him, we can meet our very own trip to the storm drain.
In case you didn't see the story, you'll be happy to know that city workers came and rescued the babies, all while the mama sat right next to the drain and waited.
God does that too, doesn't he? He waits.
He waits for us to come to Him. He waits for us to decide that life without Him is meaningless and that we can't do better on our own.
And when we're done with what we think is a little party in the drain, fed up with all that we think life should be-but it isn't- He is there to lead us as patiently as ever.
That's great news!