LESSONS FROM A BEETLE
By Amy Michelle Wiley
I was in our tiny laundry room when a rustling noise and bit of movement startled me. I was relieved to see it was only a little black beetle, minding his own business as he rushed along the floor, blindly hugging the baseboard to ensure he didn’t loose his way. He wasn’t daunted by any bits of debris he came across, clambering quickly over them and continuing on his way.
But then he reached the corner. Hesitation was evident in every bit of his bony little body as he looked this way and that, trying to figure out what he was suppose to do now that his straight way had turned so sharply. Finally he took the plunge and went around the corner, continuing his mad dash along the front wall. But when he reached the second turn, he stopped short. Desperately he searched around, even trying to squeeze under the baseboard in an attempt to get around this blockage. Eventually he gave up and went back the way he’d come, sure he’d missed a door or passage somewhere along the way.
All he found was the old corner, the twist he’d already overcome. Nothing was left to do but once again backtrack. Again he reached the second corner and searched for a way around it, not knowing that only a few steps beyond it was the doorframe, where he could easily pass under the door to freedom.
Finally he made the choice, and turned the corner into the unknown. Within seconds he’d found the door and, with only a slight hesitation, ran out to the open world.
I had to wonder as I watched this beetle’s journey, how often we look like that to God. He sets us on a path, and as long as things go pretty much straight and as we expect, then we can take the little obstacles that come along. But as soon as the road twists, then we become unsure, wondering if we’ve lost our way or are being led astray. We look for easier ways around the hardship, and sometimes we even turn around, and backtrack along the lessons He’s already taught us, falling back into the same habits we’ve overcome.
Can we trust that around that next corner, or maybe the one after that, He has a whole world of opportunities just waiting for us?
Amy Michelle Wiley is a freelance writer and professional sign language interpreter in the Pacific Northwest. She writes mostly fiction short stories, but recently has been branching out into devotionals and a novel, Reaching Sky, which she hopes to have to an agent by the end of 2011. Amy is very active at FaithWriters, on the message boards and as an assistant coordinator and presenter for the annual conferences. She also lives with chronic health issues, but God is teaching her to find the joy amid the pain. Check out her website at www.sparrowsflight.net.