The Problem with Sammi (the turtle)

May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. – 2 Peter 1:2


So you remember our turtle, Sammi, right? She’s the one on the bottom. Don’t worry, they take turns. She still makes us smile.

She’s a silly turtle, that I know for sure. Do you know what her problem is here lately? She’s growing.

She’s gotten too big to fit in the little cubby she used to sleep in. We had to remove it because she would press herself up against the glass and just stick her tiny tail in it to sleep, instead of finding a better bed that actually fit. She squeezes the sides of her shell into the driftwood log she was once able to travel completely through. It totally stresses her that she no longer fits in the passageways. And she purposely turns completely sideways and forces herself, one wiggle at a time, through the small arches in their bridge, the ones she used to swim right through with no problem.

Sometimes that crazy turtle will even take turns sitting on the smaller one, or trying to ride on the smaller one’s back. It’s hilarious.

We’re convinced she thinks that everything is shrinking, because surely it can’t be her that is getting bigger, right?!

growing photo

We do that, too, don’t we?

This illness battle we fight every day, it grows us. It really does, and in ways that we might never have imagined. But sometimes all we feel is the stifling. Sometimes all we want to do is try to keep sticking our tiny tails back into the cubby as we’re pressed against the glass. We’re willing to get completely stuck in a sideways position, just to keep our old traditions.

Are you willing to accept that you’ve grown? What new passageways are open to you now?

Dear God, thank You for growing us through the hard times. We could never have repaid the debt Jesus paid. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…

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One Comment on “The Problem with Sammi (the turtle)

  1. Thank you for this Shelly.
    Growing in God has been almost a vertical journey for me. May He bless you today.
    Love you,

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