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This morning I was walking to the car in the drizzling rain that has fallen off and on for several days now. I was on my way to a women’s Bible study that I had been looking forward to attending until I realized I had over-slept by a tad. Although it was early, everything about the day already seemed to be pulling me back in the direction of my bed. The consistent rain (which incidentally has also been effecting my sinuses-thank you pregnancy for allowing me the experience of healing without REAL medication) and the absence of my love who was given the opportunity to travel to the States this week, had me a bit melancholy. That was until God sent me a beautiful reminder.

This is what what I found on the wall outside of my car:

Most people I know don’t think much of slimy things. For me, I am intrigued by all of God’s creation and found this little guy to be an inspiration on a morning when I really needed it. I honestly think that when we take time to notice the little things, it is one of God’s ways of telling us, showing us or reminding us of something important. Yeah, it could have just been a coincidence that that snail was at the same place and the same time as me. A big snail with a beautifully large shell attached to it-something that I have never seen in nature before. If you think about the journey that the snail had to make to arrive where it was, it is quite amazing that we crossed paths. With that, the message of its presence is clear… don’t give up. No matter how bad the day seems to start off, no matter how many things don’t go the way you plan, no matter how far you have to go or how long you have to wait, don’t give up. It may feel like we move through the tough times at a snail’s pace, but God has a plan and His own timing. We can take comfort in knowing that He is control and He will take care of us.

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” Psalm 24:1 NIV

“Come near to God and he will come near to you.” James 4:8 NIV