Turtle On A Fencepost

My evening visitor

My evening visitor

My studies last night were interrupted by some commotion on my front lawn. Neighborhood kids playing in our yard is nothing new (I’m usually the one outside instigating all of the noise!), but this just sounded different. There was a buzz of excitement. I glanced out the window and saw a rather large turtle in my front yard and several kids gathered around it.

I went outside to see my new visitor. After getting the kids to stand back we watched as the turtle made her journey all the way to the garden next to my house. She sat in the garden for a few minutes and then made a big u-turn. Across the street from my house is a wetland preserve and I was sure that was where she was returning. Most of the kids had gotten bored watching this slowpoke and were off doing other things, but a couple of boys and I watched the turtle as she headed for the road.

When she reached the edge of the road she waited. And waited. And waited.

Once she ventured her front two legs onto the pavement only to feel the vibration of an oncoming car. She quickly pulled her head, all four legs, and her tail into her protective shell.

I decided to intervene. I picked her up and carried her safely across the road. Even before I could set her down in front of the marshy area, she already had her legs fully extended and was “walking” in the air, anxious to get back home. I place her on the ground and watched her disappear under the raspberry vines and into the cattails.

And then I heard it. <CLUNK!>

I pushed back the prickly vines to check on her. What I saw was just the underside of my turtle. She had fallen off the edge of a drainage pipe and was laying flat on her back.


I braved the briars of the raspberry vines and the biting mosquitoes to climb down into the drainage pipe and flip her right side up. Immediately her short little legs carried her farther into the wetlands. Home at last!

As I walked back home I thought about a quote I heard once, “If you see a turtle on top of a fence post, you know it had some help.”

In so many areas of my life, I’ve been helped. Whether across dangerous “roads” or lifted out of places where I was flat-on-my-back stuck, others have lifted me and carried me. Today I’m going to contact a couple of those lifters to say “Thanks!”

Maybe you should, too. Aren’t there a few lifters and carriers you could thank today?


3 Responses to “Turtle On A Fencepost”

  1. matt Budry Says:

    thanks for helping me along the way pastor craig & i’m jealous for you to day getting to minister at life challenge it’s cool to know a great helper with skin on love Matt


  2. Carla Brogden Says:

    Yep, I too need to thank those who lift me up, encourage me along, listen for when I fall, care about me as I make my way. I plan to thank the people in my Christian 12 step class on Wed. by reading this blog. As a co-dependent and approval addict I often make decisions based on if I will “feel” safe or liked or if I perceive there is safety in the route ahead (poor turtle). I have learned to let people who see the bigger picture help me get further on into my faith journey by helping me, lifting me, caring about me, pointing me into the safe areas even when I wasn’t aware I needed it! Thanks for the reminder to take time to thank them!


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