Hearts and Flamingos

A lot of people have trouble with dating and courtship.  Even Solomon, the wisest King in the Bible, said it’s a thing he did not understand.

There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand:
The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maiden.”  Proverbs 30:19

Its interesting that Solomon should include an eagle, serpent, and ship in his observation about courtship.  What do they all have in common , besides being familiar sights to him?  Let’s see.  Flying. Sliding. Sailing. Courting.  I guess its all about the moves.

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A flock of Caribbean flamingos in Yucatan, Mexico, form the shape of a heart while feeding on a lake.

Pink Flamingos have the moves when it comes to courting.   God sends us signs, and I found this picture of a heart on The Telegraph website.  What might He want to tell us about the Flamingo?

They do a really cute dance.  I like the way they’ve been designed to bust out the moves.  How is it they know what to do, and we don’t?

Here is a link for a short movie clip about the Flamingos in Celestun, Mexico.  The people there know to protect the Flamingos – because it’s part of their heritage.  I wish we had the wisdom to teach our children about courtship and protect the marriage covenant in our own societies.

What kind of moves do men and women make when it comes to courting these days?  Courting is out of fashion isn’t it?  I knew it as ‘dating’ and my daughter calls it ‘hooking up’.  What is courting?  What are the rules, etiquette, and social mores?  I know its not what we see portrayed on TV and the films.  It’s not even close.  If children don’t see it from Mum and Dad, how are flamingosthey supposed to learn?  The media is the wrong place to learn about courtship.  When it comes to the world, eveything goes.  Now my children are trying to find their way through the same maze, and it’s grown even worse now that there’s all sorts of immoral stuff being passed into law.

What’s God’s pattern for courtship and marriage?  Right from the start, He designed marriage to be between one man and one woman.  The Old Testament kings and patriachs had plural wives, but this would have been a result of sin – not His perfect design.

God inspired Solomon to write that a threefold cord is not quickly broken.  Ecclesiastes 4:12.  He, being the third strand.  It makes all the difference.  God designed marriage so a man and woman could become one, and from that union, produce a family.  He also uses marriage to strengthen families where the father or mother is missing.  Listen, God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.  Psalm 68:6.

Chapter 69 The Courtship tells the story about the courtship that began with the man God found for me.  I’d been a rebellious one living in a sun scorched land, before I came to trust the Lord and accept His pattern for marriage.  My husband had been a lonely guy, waiting for the wife the Lord had promised.  I am so glad that God chose him for me.  It’s better to dance to God’s tune.

I found a couple of good links about courtship here:

17 Tips For Effective Courtship

http://dareadaramoye.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/17-tips-for-effective-courtship/

“God really does write the best love stories.”

http://kindredgrace.com/real-life-isnt-always-like-the-courtship-books/

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match …

matchmakerMy second marriage is a bit different because we had God acting as the match maker.  It is a match made by God in Heaven, but lived out here on Earth.

How did He get us there?  God led me through the story I write.

Over seven years He told me things along the way about the man he had chosen for me.

In the story, I referred to the man as “the Chosen”, and when I met him, “Prince Mentor”.  The Lord has asked me to put the story online.

When I did meet “the chosen”, it wasn’t love at first sight.  There was no romance.  I presumed that because I had been told about his nationality, and the fact that our paths would cross in a circle, that he would know about me.   Not so.  He presumed the Lord had some other woman for him, and kept telling me about her.  It was a mind game for me.  I got really obstinate and decided not to reveal anything the Lord had told me about him.

To complicate matters, I had a friend named “Ishmael” who loved me and gave me words of affirmation.  He spoke my love language!  He was only a friend because he was from a different culture, and a moslem.

It was never going to happen and I’d told him to go back to his wife, but we remained friends.  Ishmael bolstered my self esteem.  I basked in the warmth of his approval, feeling wanted and desired.  It was completely different with “Isaac”, the chosen guy.  I felt unwanted because of his actions.

I ended up talking to them both until the Lord made me put a stop on Ishmael.   The Lord said I needed to tell Isaac that he was the man God had chosen for me.  I said no to God, repeating what Isaac had said – “he didn’t want any uncomfortable moments.”  Nor did I.

In fact I said a bit more than ‘no’ to the Lord.  Then the King in my story turned into a lion and basically made me tell him the story.

I was afraid he might trample my pearls into the mud.  It had happened to me once before, when it hadn’t been about a match made by the Lord.  That time I’d been trying to build some boundaries, without knowing how.  The Lord assured me that this man was not a pig.  He told me the parable about the merchant who sought after pearls, and found one of great price.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”  Matthew 13:-45-46

So with white knuckles I obeyed the Lord and sent the story to the man.

What happened next?  You’ll have to read my book.

The Kingdom and the Pearl

What does the Kingdom look like?  Jesus used a story about a pearl to tell us about His Kingdom.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”  Matthew 13:45-46

Pearl, Kingdom of Heaven


First, let’s look at the pearl.  A pearl is formed from an injury to a mollusc or oyster.  If a grain of sand lodges inside the shell it causes it great discomfort, and it will deposit a layer of nachre (also known as mother of pearl) around the thing causing the hurt.  This process is called one of nature’s most prized secrets.  For all of our technology  man cannot replicate this phenonoma outside of an oyster.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T18E58vOTus

Let’s look at nachre, the wonderous material that makes up a pearl.  It is not just a soothing substance, it is made up of millions of microscopic crystals, each aligned perfectly so that light passing along the axis of one is reflected and refracted by the other, to produce a tapestry of light and colour. Light reflected from the layers produces the iridescent lustre.

So the pearl is made up of millions of structures, each designed to align perfectly, each reflecting and refracting iridescent light.  Do you see the Kingdom yet?  Let me take you to the gates; The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl.  Revelation 21:21

Who is the mechant who seeks these pearls?  He is the one who sought the pearl, found the pearl, recognised it’s value, and gave up everything He had for it.

Pearl and JesusDo you know how valuable a human life is to God?  This is from the Bible;
“No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them–
the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough–so that they should live on forever and not see decay.”  Psalm 49:9

Jesus said of Himself  that “He did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Matthew 20:28.

Jesus is the merchant, and we are the pearl.  We’ve all been formed out of pain, and He knows it.  Will you see yourself reflected in His eyes?  Will you believe that you are worth a King’s ransom, allow Him to pay the ransom, and become His?

Choose this day …

WChoicee live in a sea of possibilities and choices.  Some choices are bigger than others, for instance who we will marry, or where we will spend eternity.  Sometimes we are the answer to someone’s prayer. 

On Easter Monday we picked up a guy from the side of the road, I’ll call him Shaun.  This guy didn’t have a lot of choices to make at this point of his journey – just stick his thumb out or keep walking north.  He was stuck in the North Island at Easter without any money or transport.

We had a choice to make too.  Should we turn the car around?  We’d gone past him, but 3kms up the road the Lord asked my husband to turn the car around and go get him.  I’m glad we obeyed.  We found out he’d been standing for two hours waiting for a lift, and hadn’t eaten for two days.

While he was sleeping his friend had ditched him at a motel, taking his pack and wallet.  Shaun told us his friend had got onto meth, which he hadn’t known abour prior to their reunion at Easter.  He noticed how much it had changed his friend, and had a bad feeling about it.  The bad feeling hadn’t stopped him being robbed.

choose wiselySomeone at Taupo (the town he’d been stranded at) contacted a church at Tokoroa – a town further north.  The church told him they could help with accomodation until he could get back to the South Island, he just needed to put $40 towards it.  We gave Shaun the $40, plus the food left over from the long weekend, including some Easter eggs.

I asked Shaun if he knew who was helping him, and what Easter was all about.  Shaun didn’t know, so we explained how Christ had died on the cross for our sins.

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Shaun realised he had a choice to make, and somewhere between Taupo and Tokoroa, he made Christ his Lord.  It’s the biggest and most important choice he has ever made or will make.

If you know you have a choice to make about the Lord, then don’t delay.  It’s getting dark out there.  Choose this day whom you will serve.

Now to the next most important choice, who we will marry.  I chose my first husband, and it didn’t work out.  When I came to know the Lord, I asked Him to choose the next one.  The Lord promised I would remarry, and told me He had a guy already chosen for me.  In the Kingdom I referred to this man as the ‘chosen’, and (after I met ‘Ishmael’) I called him ‘Issac’.

‘Isaac’ had been praying for a wife.  When he arrived in my life seven years later, he believed the Lord had someone else for him.  It tripped me up big time.  Isaac didn’t know he was ‘the chosen’, and I was grumpy and not saying anything.  I expected if I knew about him, it would logically follow he would know about me.  Not necessarily!  Chapter 62 Choosing the Chosen tells the story.

Sometimes we are the answer to someon’e prayer.  Happy choose day!

 

 

The Lamb of God

 “The lamb of God” is another title for the King, a title that describes Him well. Why did Jesus have to be the sacrificial lamb?

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Did God the Father demand sacrifices, or did he desire mercy?  He desired mercy.  This is what God says;

For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.”  Hosea 6:6

This world is short on mercy.  People had to learn that a sacrifice was needed in order to pay for sin.

Sacrifices were to provide an atonement for sin.  They were designed to point to the fulfilment of God’s ultimate sacrifice for us.

God will provide a lamb

Do you know the story where Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son Isaac on the same mountain that Jesus was crucified on?  When they came to Mount Moriah, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” 

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.  Genesis 22:6-8

God asked Abraham to do this because he was pointing to a future sacrifice that He, as a Father was going to make of His Son.  That was the first sign.

God provided that sacrifice. It cost Him everything.

fGSLTW“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that we may not perish, but have eternal life”.  John 3:16

The Passover was the next sign.  Lambs were first sacrificed at Passover, on the night before Israel’s exodus out of Egypt, nearly 3000 years ago.  The lamb was taken into the household 4 days before the Passover.  Why, I wonder?  The Passover lamb, a male lamb with no blemish, was sacrificed on the 14th day of Nisan, the first month of the Jewish year. The blood was to be a sign for Israel.  

The blood of the lamb was put on the sides and tops of the doorframes.  On that night, the firstborn of both people and animals were struck down in Egypt.  When God saw the blood, He passed over the houses where they were, and the people were spared.

The story of that first Passover is detailed in Exodus 12.

When Jesus began His ministry, John the Baptist said “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”  John 1:29

The prophet Isaiah saw the Lamb of God 700 years before His birth.  He prophesied “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.”  Isaiah 53:7

Jesus made it clear to the Disciples that He was going to give up His life in exchange for ours at Passover. When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”  Matthew 26:1

When He died on the cross, his final words were “it is finished”.  The actual word was “Tetelestai” – meaning to bring to a close, to finish, to end, passed, finished, to perform, execute, complete, to fulfil.

Do you believe that Jesus is the Lamb of God?   If you do not yet believe, will you take the lamb, and examine him for yourself over the next 4 days?

 

The covenant

Abraham's promiseWhen God made Abraham gaze into the night sky, He had stars in his eyes. “He took him (Abraham) outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”  Genesis 15

God made a land covenant with Abraham that starry night, promising Abraham a son.  Abraham and Sarah decided to give God a little ‘help’ with that promise, as Sarah was too old to have a child.  Abraham had a son named “Ishmael” through Hagar, Sarah’s handmaiden.

Ishmael means ‘God hears’.  Abraham asked for his first born; Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!”

 Then God said: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.” Genesis 17:17-21

When Sarah laughed, the Lord asked “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Genesis 18:14.  Isaac means ‘laughter’.

Ishmael became the father of the Arabs, and Isaac the father of the Jews.  There is emnity between them to this day.  Ishmael’s descendants founded the religion of Islam, and they believe they are the rightful owners of the land of Israel.

I believe that God has not forgotten about Israel.  It states it quite clearly in Romans 11;
1 “Did God reject his people? By no means!
2 God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew.
11 Again I ask: Did they stumble as to fall beyond recovery?  Not at all!

The Church does not supplant Israel or take her promises.  Romans 11:28 makes it clear that Israel has a separate covenant with God, which still stands.  I love the Jewish people.  How could I not?  Jesus was a Jew.  The church was born in Jerusalem.  In Romans 11:17 it says that Israel is the olive tree, and the ingrafted branch of the Church is nourished from the root of that olive tree.God's Kingdom

 In the New Testament the Apostle Paul explains how Sarah, the mother of Isaac, and Hagar the mother of Ishmael represent two covenants; 

There is the covenant of the law.  God gave us the 10 commandments at Mount Sinai.  Its been a law that none of us can keep. The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

The new covenant is provided by Jesus who could keep the law.  He has been the only man born without sin, and He fulfilled the law to save us.

“For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman.  His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.

These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar.  Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children.  But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.”  Galalations 4.

Even though Abraham is the father of the Arabs and Jews, and spiritual father of the Christians – we don’t all get along.  How can two walk together unless they are agreed?  I was friends with an Arab man, a Moslem from Iraq.  He wanted more than a friendship, but that I could not give him.  I belong to a different covenant, and I will not bow to Allah.  I encouraged him to return to his wife who had left him (by the way, it had nothing to do with me).  We have remained friends.  In the Kingdom story, his name is Ishmael.  I wondered why had I attracted Ishmael?  Why had my life been a desert?

God wanted me to trust Him.  He told me I was the one who chose the desert, and that is why Ishmael appeared.  I was trusting in myself, rather than God’s promises.

Ishmael always appears first.  Like Abraham, we are told to get rid of the son by the slavewoman, because he doesn’t share in the inheritance God has under the new covenant.

 “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.”  Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.”  Galations 4:30.

This does not mean that God has forgotten the children of Ishmael.  Jesus has been appearing to many Moslems in dreams.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jhtxqpAQQE

They can and do come to Jesus, and when they make Him Lord they also come under the new covenant.  I believe God had that in mind when He saved Hagar and Ishmael from the desert.  The sons of Ishmael have this in common with the sons of Isaac;   they both have difficulty understanding the new covenant, which began in Jerusalem on the night of Passover;LastSupper2 resized

At the last supper, Jesus took the cup saying  “Drink from it, all of you.  This is my blood of the covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 

I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”  Matthew 26:28-29

The new covenant is available for all who believe and accept Jesus.  Will you believe and drink from the cup the King has provided?  Think about it this Easter.

 

Iron sharpens iron

proverbs_27_17_postcardThe devil used a relationship with a narcissist to try and destroy me, but it didn’t succeed.  It is true that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  I knew life could only get better after him, and God gave me an awesome promise;

“He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes, with the princes of his people.”  Psalm 113:8

God was true to His promise, but when the Princess met the Prince, sparks flew.  There is a saying in the Bible ” As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”  Perhaps that’s why there were sparks.

People you need

 

Our relationship was different from the start because God brought us together.  We didn’t like each other to begin with, but God encouraged our friendship, and it grew from there.

Chapter 60 Iron Sharpens Iron tells the story

 

God’s promises, how to get them, hold on to them, and believe them

Logos and RhemaThe Bible is God breathed, double edged and speaks in two ways.

One thing God has spoken,
    two things I have heard … ” Psalm 62:11

First there is the LOGOS word, which is for general application.  There is history, allegory, prophecy, and wisdom.  The LOGOS word must be read on context, for us to understand what God us saying.

Secondly there is the RHEMA word.  It comes from meditation upon the word of God.  This is for personal application, where the Holy Spirit will speak directly to you, and it will bring revelation.  It’s like food.  If you are not partaking of God’s Word, you won’t receive revelation or nourish your spirit.

In the next chapter of the Kingdom, I’d had a Rhema word, which seemed not to be true.  I was getting really cranky with God over it.  God is not the author of confusion.  He told me he couldn’t lie, and He was waiting for His word to be fulfilled.  I just had to wait, and trust Him.

How do we know the difference between a Rhema Word and wishful thinking?  A Rhema Word will get confirmed, and God will bring it about in your life – if you believe in God’s word and don’t thwart His will.

Every promise

What do we know?

He who has an earIn the next chapters of the Kingdom there are communication problems between me (the Princess), the King, and Prince Mentor (the man training me at work).  Training in the Blind Spot went ok because my mentor didn’t take advantage or throw me under the bus. But there was tension between us.  There were things in the Hidden spot that I knew, and he didn’t.  God was bringing us together, whether we liked each other or not.  If you’ve followed my story you’ll see what the Lord told me about him.

In my last post I mentioned a thing called “Johari’s window”.  Johari’s window deals with what we know, and don’t know.  I learned about it in Business Communication, when I was doing a Diploma of Business. The Window is divided into 4 panes.  Here is a model of Johari’s window. Johari's Window

It is a brilliant model to explain pitfalls in communication.  The most vulnerable place is the BLIND spot.  I have to work in this area a lot as a computer technician.  It’s a good place for prayer! From a Kingdom perspective, I’ll start off at the UNKNOWN, things that we all don’t know; We don’t know what God knows because of the Fall.  From the time of Adam, we have been cut off from God the Father.  He became UNKNOWN.  God declared “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.”  Isaiah 55:8. God the Father sent Jesus to Earth on a rescue mission.  It was to make Himself known, so we could be reconciled.  Jesus said “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.John 14:9

Jesus used parables to make known to us the things that we didn’t know. “Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.  So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”  Matthew 13:34-35 Jesus said “Whoever has ears, let them hear.Matthew 13:43 He preached right into the HIDDEN area.  If they did not hear, the things He said stayed HIDDEN, and the parables were just stories. For those who ‘had ears’, the things He said went from HIDDEN to CERTAIN. 

Hebrews 11-1 FaithCERTAINTY lies in the realm of faith. Now faith is the substance (certainty) of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.”  Hebrews 11:1

Faith is a SUBSTANCE.

That has implications for particle physics and dark matter. People have started to realise the power of faith and belief, but if they don’t know God they just believe they’re getting stuff from “the universe“.  Well who runs the universe?

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.  The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.  HeGod not Googlebrews 1:3

What’s the point of living if we gain the world, but lose our soul?  The single most important thing is to seek God through Jesus, find Him, and acknowledge Him as Lord.  I can’t stress this enough.

From that point, the journey begins and we can find our identity through Christ.  We were created to be in a relationship with God.  In Ephesians 1 we can read how we were chosen and predestined to be His before the world was created.  The devil does everything he can to hide that truth from us.

Sometimes the truth is concealed because God wants us to search for him so He can reveal Himself. It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.  Proverbs 25:2

The things He concealed can be searched out.  There is a promise in Jeremiah 33:3 that says “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

But don’t take my word for it; ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you.  That’s a promise.  But don’t be double minded about it. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.  James 1:2-7

I hope and pray you will ask, seek, and knock.  If you are not already a believer, you will be saved.  After all, Jesus said of Himself “I AM the door”.

The Post Turtle

Post TurtleSome people think God’s an old man with long white hair, sitting on a cloud waiting to smite us.  What do you think of Him?  I have discovered that He’s real,  wants us to trust Him and actually does have a sense of humour.   One day He told me “If you see a turtle sitting on top of a fence post, it didn’t get there by accident.” 

It was in the context of a situation where I had bitten off a bit more than I could chew, by taking on a job in my industry that I had no experience in.

It meant I had to rely on Bert, my predecessor to get me up to speed – quickly.  I hated it through fear of being left helpless.  Have you ever been in a situation where you are vulnerable and you’ve had to learn fast?

Bert knew things that I didn’t, that I needed to know.  That’s the BLIND spot.  In a learning situation, that’s where you are most vulnerable.  I’ve been attacked instead of helped in the blind spot, and it’s a bad place to be.  I promised myself I’d get the knowledge in whatever way I could, and learn fast.  Anything not to be reliant on a person.  When I met Bert I didn’t know him well enough to trust him, and this was the second time in 5 years that I’d replaced him in a job.  The first time, he refused to train me, saying he didn’t have time.  So the second time around I didn’t know whether he was going to help me, or harm me.

In communication, there’s a thing called ‘Johari’s Window’, where knoweldge is divided up into four categores:

CERTAINTY.  Things that I know that you know,

The BLIND spot.  Things you know that I don’t know,

HIDDEN.  Things I know that you do not know,

The UNKNOWN – Things that we all don’t know.

God is in charge of the UNKNOWN spot.  In the Kingdom, He told me things from the UNKNOWN, and I recorded His words and signs in the Kingdom story.  So there were things God had revealed to me about Bert, before I ever met him or knew him.

The things that I knew, that Bert didn’t, I kept HIDDEN.  He didn’t want any “uncomfortable moments”, and nor did I for that matter.  I would have kept what I knew hidden for Kingdom come, except God got in the picture.  He’s been in many roles in the Kingdom story; as Counselor, Shepherd, King, Guide, Friend, Lord and Father.  This time God was being a matchmaker.  He had His hands full with us because we didn’t particularly like each other.

Bert and I were both reading “Word for the Day”.  He’d bring me his spare copy.  God spoke to both of us out of the “Word for the Day”.

God talked about “a post turtle”, and a woman who was in a situation where she needed help but kept shouting, ‘I’ll do it myself!’  He askedAre you like that? Trying to do it all on your own?” and then He said; “Somebody within your reach knows something you need to know; something you’ll never learn on your own. They’re your mentor. Get close to them. ”

There are two stories about the post turtle.  The first story is a joke which is usually about politicians.

An old rancher is talking about politics with a young man 
from the city. He compares a politician to a "post turtle". 
The young man doesn't understand and asks him what a post turtle is.
The old man says, "When you're driving down a country road and you see 
a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a post turtle. 
You know he didn't get up there by himself. 
He doesn't belong there; 
he can't get anything done while he's up there; 
and you just want to help the poor, dumb thing down."

Don't joke about TurtleThe second story is more in line with what God told me; “If you see a turtle sitting on top of a fence post, it didn’t get there by accident.”

In the novel The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell,  Father D.W. Yarborough, the leader of the first Earth expedition to another planet, refers to post turtles in the context of seeming anomalies in nature and regards them as proof of the existence of God, specifically of God trying to get our attention.

My story about the turtle is told in Chapter 57 Message from the King, where God was trying to get my attention.