By: Melody Crombie September 5, 2014
My son just brought home a cute box turtle that he found while out on his walk. It reminds me of my first memorable encounter with a turtle. It happened years ago in a small, nicely manicured, suburban backyard. The 'pet' was fished out of a pond with a rake and set on the grass several feet in front of me. Up to this point I was sitting placidly on a nearby lawn chair. I assumed that when my beloved let go of the reptile it would slowly amble around the grass, after it sat for a long time hiding inside its shell.
Boy, was I in for the surprise of my life! The turtle turned out to be a common snapping turtle with a very angry disposition. He puffed himself up and immediately charged toward me faster than most dogs can run. I was so shocked I screamed and knocked my chair over backwards in my fright to get away from this menacing animal.
I realized that my limited knowledge of 'Testudines' resulted from a brief exposure to a box turtle and baby water turtles that I'd seen growing up. Stories like the childhood fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare,” couldn't have adequately prepared me for meeting 'The Snapper' that afternoon.
I'd like to point out that if your only exposure and knowledge of the God of the Bible is limited to Children's Bible stories like, “Noah's Ark” or baby Jesus at Christmas, you are sure to be in for a rude awakening when you come face-to-face with THE GREAT I AM after you pass from this life to the next.
Get to know the REAL GOD today by reading the Bible, repenting of your transgressions and inviting the Holy Spirit into your life so you can run TO HIM when you come into his presence. He is very near, “God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people." ' 2 Corinthians 6:16.