Do you remember the fascinating story of Ringo the duck? Grubbing for food on the bottom of Grenadier pond in Toronto’s High Park, Ringo got a pull ring from a beverage can clamped around her beak. As a result, she could not feed properly and faced starvation when the pond froze over. Concerned people saw her plight and tried various attempts to capture her and remove the ring. The Toronto Humane Society tried a skin diver and a champion duck caller to catch the bird, but all to no avail. Ringo didn’t realize that all these attempts were not to frighten her, but to free her from her plight. Similarly many of us misunderstand that our loving Heavenly Father approaches us not to hurt us, but to free us from whatever has us in bondage. His methods to get our attention may startle, and frighten us, but He only desires to help us.” Jesus’ words to all are, “Come to me…and I will give you rest.” Isn’t it time to stop running from God?
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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