The Swimming Ducks
I'm not a big outside person but I like to go to parks that have ponds and gazebos and pretty flowers off in the distance. When the gentle wind blows on the perfect 73 degree weather days draws the peace and serenity that encompasses an atmosphere. It’s the perfect ambiance that provides a safe place for children to let their guards down and play with not a care in the world. Parents sit on the benches smiling and laughing at their mini me's while others relax and read their books.
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Off in the distance sits a pond surrounded by beds of colorful flowers and knee-high manicured grass to provide a place for the frogs to hide. The water in the pond sits still until the gentle wind speaks to the surface creating a dance of ripples that race to hug the bodies of the ducks. The ducks look so calm while they are effortlessly gliding from one end of the pond to the other. Ironically, the ducks reminded me of people who step out on faith and simply go for what they are standing on faith for.
I remember when I was going back and forth year after year about starting this blog. I mean I write a lot and I love to read about everything so, naturally, I felt like I had some valid points and opinions. My whole thing was: who wanted to read what I would write? People would challenge me and tell me (also show me) that I was not qualified to have a blog because I needed more knowledge on this subject or that. Needless to say, these thoughts kept me at a level of fear that immobilized me. I would stop writing here and there and I even stopped talking about it but the passion was still there and would not let me rest. One day, I finally got sick of allowing fear to keep me from jumping in and just doing it. I was at church speaking to my brother Jaron when service was over and I looked at him and said, "I think I'm going to start a blog. Do you think people would be interested in reading it?" He looked at me and said, "Yes. I know that I would be interested in reading and following the blog!"
His response prompted me to post the question on Facebook and the responses were really overwhelming. I think it took me another week or so to go through the numerous writings that I would choose to be my first couple of posts and I got on the internet and picked a free website that would host the blog. In November, I posted my first blog entitled, "Broken Bones Rest".
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I have to tell you that I was nervous and afraid but I was also relieved. Why? Because I got a victory that only could be done by jumping in the water and kicking my feet as fast as I could like the ducks on the pond. We never know how hard and how fast their feet are really moving under the water all we see is their poise and grace sitting upon the water. The real work is under the water...the places where no one pays attention.
I am grateful that my hard work is not seen at times and the grace of the Lord to move from one side of the pond to the other out shines it all. I'm not saying that people shouldn't see or know that I do work hard but there is something that happens when there is a lot of hard work that goes into something and people are able to come and enjoy. All of the hard work is worth it! To have people come back and encourage me with my own words written from the blog has been a true blessing. More importantly, when I go back and read some of the blogs that I have written and even those that the guest bloggers have contributed, it literally makes me grateful for stepping out on faith and just jumping in the water and starting this blog. I started it afraid. I started not knowing what would come from it. I started it not knowing who would really read it. I simply started it.
My question to you is....what do you need to jump out there and start doing? I humbly encourage you to simply jump in. Grace kicks in not in the preparation period or hyping yourself up to do it. Grace comes in when you jump in to make sure you have a soft landing and your passion will make sure you don't sink!
I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE DUCKS SHOWING ME THE GRACE OF HARD WORK AND THE FAITH TO SIMPLY DO IT! NOW YOU WON'T SEE DUCKS SWIMMING THE SAME WAY