This real-life story was told by Linda Perkins a few months ago. It makes a very valid point that we must always look up not down when we find ourselves in less than happy circumstances. I hope it blesses you as it did me.

She had just dropped her daughter off at school and was turning out of the parking lot when she spotted something out of the corner of her eye. There, in the drainage ditch on the side of the road, was a white egret, standing tall on his long stick-like legs in about six inches of water.

Living on the Gulf Coast, it isn’t unusual to see water birds. They don’t normally hang out on city streets, though.

She pondered why the bird was there. Was it lost? Injured? She didn’t know the circumstances of how it got there, but there it was…in a ditch.

She thought about how sometimes we are like that bird, in circumstances we would not have chosen…when times are tough and life feels hard. Yet, while we may feel alone when we are down and out, that bird served as a reminder that we are not. God is with us.

Her neighborhood egret may have been lost, but something led him to find what he needed…water. He didn’t find it in a lake or a bayou. He found it in a ditch.

Oftentimes, we spend our time trying to climb out of life’s ditches. Meanwhile, God reminds us that we don’t need to go anywhere. He is there in ALL our circumstances, not just the good ones. He is ready to provide what we need, wherever we are…yes, even in the ditch. – Linda Perkins, April 2019 Postcards

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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