Snappy …

“Noah disembarked with his sons and wife and his sons’ wives. Then all the animals, crawling creatures, birds—every creature on the face of the Earth—left the ship family by family.” Genesis 8:18-19

As far as I’m concerned, Noah could have left behind the snapping turtle. Years ago when my husband and I were campground hosts, we had a near-Noah experience with at least 27 inches of rain in three months. After one heavy downpour, Glen and I took a walk down into the picnic and hiking area of the state park. I ran across a turtle and wasn’t sure if it was alive or drowned by the flooded river. I began to film and talk to the turtle (I talk to all animals and babies) and said, “You poor thing, you must get tired of people ….” SNAP! The turtle obviously was annoyed by me trying to capture him or her in distress.

I came within a few inches of losing a nose that day. I couldn’t help but think the snapping turtle was one of the meanest, ugliest creatures God put on Earth. Yet, when watching it from a safe distance, it was amazing to see it plod from one side of the road to the other.

I think of the times I snapped at people because I was too tired to be civil or just wasn’t thinking. It’s not a good habit to get into, as one can lose friends really fast.

Lord, keep my tongue from hurting others. Amen.


About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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