Stuck in the Middle – Three Lies the Enemy Tries to Tell!

The other day, while driving and chatting on the phone -Bluetooth, people…don’t stress out- I slammed on my brakes and yelled, “TURTLE! Gotta go! Turtle in the road!”

My friend, Heather, wasn’t surprised by my strange behavior. She is, after all, my friend and has grown used to my too-numerous-to-count-idiosyncrasies over the years.

Flipping the hazards on the loaner car I’d picked up an hour earlier, I pulled slightly out of traffic’s way, opened my door, and approached the object of my concern: a large, misplaced turtle just sitting in the middle of the street.

“Hey, Mr. Turtle, don’t you want to cross the street?”

No response from Mr. Turtle.

I didn’t want to touch him. I mean, salmonella, people! I looked around for a large branch or something to encourage his pilgrimage to the pond on the other side of the street.

None appeared.

I tried to encourage him – or was it a she? I hadn’t considered that idea…anyway, we’ll still with “Mr.-  with my inspiring voice, “Mr. Turtle, come on. You don’t want to die here! You can do it! I have faith in you.”

This approach was not working.

Thankfully, an older man in a sports car drove up at that moment, looked at me like I was crazy (who could blame him?), pulled over his car, and said with a straight face, “Are we saving lives today?”

“Yes, yes, we are! I just don’t know how to do it.”

He looked at me with a half-smile, reached down and picked Mr. Turtle up from the back and moved him across the street.

Easy Peasy.

With a chuckle, he got back in his car and drove away.

Feeling more than a bit silly for not thinking of such an easy tactic, I stood over Mr. Turtle for a couple of minutes offering him some encouraging words.

But weren’t those words more for me?

How many times had I been the turtle in the middle of the road?

More times than I can count, my friends.

I got so paralyzed by indecision that I couldn’t do anything.

I didn’t think to pray to the One who could answer it all.

I didn’t think to seek wise counsel from my husband or sisters-in-Christ.

I just sat there.

Stuck.

It’s like I couldn’t move forward and I didn’t want to go backwards.

This is the place where the enemy thrives.

He just loves when we get stuck in the road like a confused turtle. If given the chance, he whispers his lies into our ears.

“You aren’t good enough, Alynda.”

“You aren’t talented enough, Alynda.”

“You aren’t loved enough, Alynda.”

“You aren’t enough…”

Over and over, his lies filled my ears then my head then my heart with those fears that I had my entire life.

Over and over again, I sat in that road just waiting for a big ol’ truck to run right over me.

No more, my friends!

After an intensive two-year journey of finding my identity in Christ, I see the enemy’s lies for what they have always been. Click To Tweet

Scripture refutes every lie that he has told me and all the ones he will attempt to tell me throughout the rest of my days here on this earth!

 

“You aren’t good enough, Alynda” is replaced by the truth that I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

 

“You aren’t talented enough, Alynda” is replaced by the truth that God has given me talents/gifts to use to  further His kingdom.

 

“You aren’t loved enough, Alynda”  is replaced with the truth that He has loved me with an everlasting love.

“You aren’t enough…”

I will combat those lies with God’s truth. If you feel like you aren’t enough then know that the God of the universe loves you without beginning or end. Click To Tweet

We have freedom in Him.

We don’t have to be like turtles in the road of life.

We can move forward in the confidence that we have been chosen by the God of the universe!

 

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4 Comments

  • Jennifer April 4, 2018 at 11:57 am Reply

    First, I love turtles and will always stop to save them. Second, I love how you relate the experience to your faith walk. Thank you for being vulnerable about it too. I can relate in SO many ways, especially anxiety and indecision.

    • AlyndaLong April 4, 2018 at 1:05 pm Reply

      LOL, turtles are pretty awesome! THANK YOU! The Lord has called me to be authentic and vulnerable. It is uncomfortable, but I know He wants good for me! Blessings to you, beautiful daughter of the most high king!!

  • Esther Hosea April 5, 2018 at 2:17 pm Reply

    Wonderful! I loved this. What a great illustration God gave you that day with the turtle! I can totally relate, to all of it. To having felt stuck in the past, and to finding everything I need to continue in obedience after finding my true identity in Christ. The lies are still there, tempting me to turn and believe them again, but the truth has set me free!
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful story and this wonderful message!

    • AlyndaLong April 5, 2018 at 2:22 pm Reply

      Esther, I am so thrilled that you have freedom in God’s truth! Thank you so much for reading and commenting! Blessings to you!

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