Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Ducks in a Row

Are they not gorgeous? I took this picture on the dock behind my house. I don't want to be prideful, but please note that my ducks, bless their feathered hearts, are very obviously in a row. And they said it'd never happen.

I hate to admit it, but whoever they are, they were right. The truth is, these aren't "my" ducks, they roam the lake freely, and the shot was just a pleasant accident, nothing more. I got it because I was in the right place at the right time. And yet, it speaks to me.

Occasionally I manage to get the ducks of my life lined up, but invariably when it happens, it transpires the same way this photo came to be, accidentally and momentarily. Most of the time my life is one big mess, sometimes it's a fun mess, sometimes it's a trying mess, but it's a mess more often than it's not.

Not too long ago someone asked me a question. The query came in response to the schedule I keep here at ATS. "Why?" this person asked, "Why do you do it? Why don't you just not?" My questioner wasn't being rude, just curious, (and to be fair, she was concerned about the demands on my time.) The implication was more along the lines of why did I have to do this, when I could just get a regular job and live more normally. It's a good question. I know this because it has stayed with me.

I've since done a lot of musing and I'm not through. I keep turning the question over and looking at it from different angles. In the interest of full disclosure, sometimes it would be easy to "just not", but, I dream of sharing the abundant joy of abiding in Jesus on this side of heaven with as many people as possible while there is breath in my body, and this thing called ATS opens doors to do just that. Jesus makes life work. Church going doesn't do it, "touch not, taste not" doesn't do it but hearing Him speak to you through His word becomes a stronger addiction, if you will, than any substance this world can offer. This is what I want to proclaim with my last breath.

So, let the ducks waddle where they will. Abnormality appears to be my normality and I think He's okay with that!



  1. Shellie ...........this was great. I love the way that God uses you to bless my life.

  2. I have a feeling that whether one has a "normal" job and is still mostly a mess. Jesus works whether things are "normal" or not! And honestly I can't even imagine you with a "normal" job :)))

  3. Love this! My ducks are so out of whack right now as we count down to the Saturday wedding of our first-born, but I wouldn't have it any other way!
    Thanks for choosing to be faithful to your calling! It's yours and it's unique!

  4. Hey girl! I feel like I'm in the eye of a hurricane - between bridesmaids' luncheon and rehearsal with a whole crew of sweet friends doing everything and treating me like the Queen Mother! Thanks for the wedding day blessing! In this rare quiet moment, naturally I'm checking emails and blogs! I did get your email and responded to it - did your email spam me? I'll resend it!

  5. We love you just the way you are :-). You've come a long way from that Shellie I moved next door to 20 years have I. That seems so long ago doesn't it.

  6. Beautiful post. Really enjoyed it. I am muddling through some of the same thoughts. That is why I started Sabbath moments on my blog. I need to find a way to rest with God once in while! As for the ducks, well, I just love watching ducks. And no, I do not always have my ducks in a row. Thanks for sharing. God bless!