As I sit here on lunch and pray and ask God for His forgiveness of my horrible repetitive sin (worrying) I am reminded of a story I read when I was in elementary school. The ugly duckling is a fairy tale by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen. In the story of the ugly duckling he is born in a barnyard, the last of the eggs to hatch and when he appeared from the egg he is considered ugly. When the mother duck takes all of the ducks to the pond the ugly duckling was the best swimmer of them all and he really enjoyed the pond but hated the barnyard. On the farm everyone was ,mean to him so one day he decides to run away. On his journey to where ever he was running to, he came across a river. In that river he saw many beautiful big birds swimming. He watches them and wants to be a swan just like them. Winter was approaching so the lake soon froze over and the duck continued to hide himself. Once again spring comes and the duck comes back to the river. This time instead of running away from the beautiful swans he decides to swim with them. Once he got in the water he saw his reflection and discovered he was one of those beautiful swans! At least this is how I remember the story.
Reflecting on this story as an adult I see so many lessons in it for me. One thing I take away from this story as an adult is that it doesn’t matter what it looks like today or yesterday that change will surely come. I also see that what many consider ugly has great beauty embedded within it and it is just a matter of time before the beauty is revealed.So never judge a person from where they are at the present moment. Life and time has a way of unveiling the most magnificent things! I also learned that the duckling thought he was running away and others probably viewed it the same way. However, the duckling didn’t run away, he actually ran to his destiny. He walked away from all that he knew and set out to find happiness. That took great courage. There are many of you who are very comfortable right now and this may cause you to fear the unknown even more. However, if you walk into a new job, new city, new state it will only lead to beauty and you walking in your complete destiny. It doesn’t matter how people view you or what they say, God has the final say so and He spoke your life’s story before you were even planted in the womb. Surely greatness lies within and ahead of you all the days of your life. Enjoy the ride and let God lead you. For surely your steps are ordered and there are no mistakes, just roads, mountains, valleys and rivers to take. Each allowing you to learn and explore but in the end if you faint not no matter which turns you take on the road you travel you will still end up exactly where God has destined you to be!
Psalm 37:23 King James Version
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
Dr Lisa Melton