Monday, May 16, 2011


For a month, a mother turtle dove has been sitting on two eggs in a nest in a flower pot outside my den window. Amid the dead and dried brown petunia stalks which shed their blooms late last fall, she made a nest, an incubator of life. After laying her eggs, she has sat vigil through sunny days and stormy nights, through chilling frost and dense fog, through screaming wind and lashing rain. She has tolerated the stares of children, both from inside – and outside – the window. She has endured. I imagine it’s not easy being a turtle dove. Today, she has something to show for her endurance: two fuzzy brown babies. Her pride and joy.

That mother turtle dove and I have something in common. I’m sure you do, too.


Perhaps you are going to school and graduation seems a long time away. Maybe you are raising children; that journey can last a lifetime. Sometimes job searching can seem fruitless, aggravated by worries about the economy. Possibly you have a debilitating condition or injury, and each day is a struggle.

Even through the sunny days of progress and the stormy nights of self-doubt, through the chilling frost of withered hopes and dense fog of despair, God is there. He is as close as a whisper. He will reassure you that He knows “you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.” (Hebrews 10:36) As impossible as it may seem sometimes, especially under difficult circumstances, we need to be like the mother turtle dove and endure. “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. . . .” (Psalm 27:14)

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  1. Your beautiful words were a balm for my hurting heart today, Meghan! Thanks for sharing...<3

  2. A river of life runs through you and touches others in the most beautiful. Surely you know God. Blessed are you.


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