I’m getting ready to launch a new book Sept 1 called Too Blessed to be Stressed for Moms. So I’ve been thinking a lot lately about all the hidden joys (and challenges) that go along with momhood.
So isn’t it just like Papa God to drop a wonderful mom-moment of nature right into my lap?
I was taking my morning prayer walk, which leads me through a small undeveloped wooded area bordering a lake, when out of the corner of my eye, I saw something move. Ah, it was a turtle just sitting there (standing there? Do turtles stand or sit?) on a grassy/dirt patch between a green muck pond and the woods.
As you know if you subscribe to my blog (and I surely hope you do! The subscribe button is on your right) I love taking photo-reminders of Papa God’s grace in the Cathedral of His Creation. So I whipped my phone out of my back pocket and approached the turtle. Just in time to see something white drop from the back of her shell.
Closer inspection revealed it was an egg and to my surprise and delight, it rolled strategically into a hole this industrious little mama had dug with her strong back legs. Completely ignoring the annoying human excitedly filming this most blessed private occasion (I actually shed a tear or two), she then proceeded to rotate herself between three holes, depositing eggs then covering them up.
A mama protecting her precious babies.
Wow. Just. Wow.
It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. Birth is such a miracle. In any species. I felt as thrilled as the day I became a grandmother. Well, almost.
Hey, a picture’s worth 1,000 words, right? So check out these three brief videos of the incredible event.
So what I want from you, dear BBFF (Blessed Blog Friend Forever), is to hear what you think the take-aways are from this experience. I don’t believe it was a coincidence that Papa God enabled me to be at the right place at the exact right time to witness such a mom-entous occasion when my writing life right now is revolving around the ‘hood – motherhood.
What do you think He was trying to say to me? To you? I value your thoughts and would really like to hear them.
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Connie Saunders says
Thanks for sharing these beautiful moments with Mama Turtle and her future babies. Perhaps God was telling you that everything will be well as you wait for the “birth” of your new book baby. Perhaps He was reminding you that all things in His creation are under His control. Perhaps he was showing you this so that you could remind the rest of us that if a turtle can have such wonderful maternal instincts, then so can we. And it may be as simple as this. You needed to see this at exactly this time! Whatever the reasons we can be assured that God’s perfect timing was once again at work!
Super response, Connie! I agree wholeheartedly that Papa God’s timing is always right on.
Deb C says
I’m so thankful that we as mothers don’t have to walk away from our babies like turtles do (although some days it might be tempting). God gives us each the experiences of teaching and helping our young along life’s bumpy roads, and in the same time, growing us up too!
Good point, Deb – the turtle mothering concept wouldn’t work for me. But neither would the Orangutan mom-model; did you know they nurse their babies for up to SEVEN YEARS, then don’t cut the apron strings for three more, for a grand total of 10 years of wiping snotty noses and bandaging boo-boo knees. Whoa.
I really love that God gives us such great opportunities to see ‘miracles in action’ with the birth (or egg-laying events) of new life in this world. I am always amazed at how tiny the “little ones” begin and they have all the necessary parts to be alive! With the recent explosion of little frogs at our home, I have seen how tiny some of these little guys are – about the size of a sunflower seed, and yet Papa God gives them tremendous little legs to hop and climb! Just amazing!!
Thanks for sharing!!