Peace Like a Duckling
That hot afternoon I rushed around from errand to errand, shoulders tensed and hands gripping the steering wheel. The heavy traffic did nothing to soothe the turmoil in my spirit. My thoughts darted back and forth between the problems that weighed me down. Financial, relationship, and physical problems all at the same time made my life seem out of control. Little did I know that God was about to offer a visual aid to point out the real source of my frustration.
I frowned impatiently at how slowly the stop-and-go traffic crept along. The light had turned green—why weren’t we moving ahead? Soon I saw the reason. A mother duck was boldly marching across five lanes of traffic; her four baby ducks waddled behind her with a steady rhythm in front of the stopped cars. I sat there transfixed at the sight and wondered, “Why aren’t they frightened by all the cars and noise surrounding them?”
Then I noticed how the mother duck stared intently at her destination—the other side of the street. Her ducklings followed in single file with their little eyes fixed straight ahead. Suddenly I understood that God was telling me how to experience His peace: instead of looking at the problems surrounding me, I need to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus, “the author and perfecter” of my faith (Hebrews 12:2 NIV).
That image of a row of ducklings marching across busy traffic has stayed with me for years. It reminds me that I can find peace when I concentrate on my Guide who has promised to get me safely to my destination, regardless of what’s going on around me.
Dianne Neal Matthews is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books including Designed for Devotion (Baker Books), which won a 2013 Selah Award. She also writes for websites and blogs (such as CBN.com and FindingGodDaily.com), contributes to compilations (including Guideposts’ 2013 Mornings with Jesus), and teaches at writers’ conferences. To learn more, visit www.DianneNealMatthews.com or connect with Dianne through Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.