My turtle, Freckles, was a great pet! I purchased him almost 4 years ago from a street vendor in “China Town” in downtown Los Angeles, CA. At the time, his shell was no bigger than the size of a quarter. In this picture (above), taken just one week ago, his shell was the diameter of the span of my hand. It has been so neat to watch him grow!
The coolest thing about the growth of this turtle though is that it corresponds with my growth in the Lord. See, at the time I purchased this little guy from the street vendor, I was caught-up in a very worldly lifestyle and I had a hardened heart. But God, being rich in mercy, did not allow me to rest content there. In fact, I was at one of my lowest points in life when He led me to a godly older woman just a couple of months later. Shortly thereafter, God used her to introduce me to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! I instantly fell in love with Him! He rescued me from my horrible entanglement of sin, freed me from its bondage, aquited me of its condemnation, gave me a new hear, and granted me eternal life.
That was almost 4 years ago. Like Freckles, I feel like I have grown so much since then. But, like Freckles, I feel like I have so much growing left to do 🙂 .
Well, that brings me back to Freckle’s story. Last week, my husband and I realized that Freckles had finally outgrown his little 20 gallon tank. Living near a huge lake, it didn’t take long to come up with a solution to the problem. So, my husband I put Freckles into his little container, walked down to the water, and released him…. he is free at last!