Puddled Ducks

Driving past an empty field the other day I saw a pair of ducks floating in a puddle. I wanted to stop and tell them that there was a beautiful farm pond only half-a-mile away, but I realized the silliness of the thought even as I sped past.

I think I’m like those ducks–contentedly sitting in my muddy puddle, satisfied with so little when God has so much more for me. I sit and twiddle my toes in mud instead of moving to the place God wants me to be—a place of blessing and great riches. A place where God can use me.

Why do I do that? It’s easier to stay in my cozy hole than it it to face the unknown. It’s easier to sit in my puddle than to spread my wings and fly to a spot I’ve only heard is ‘just over there’. It’s easier to mind my own business than to possibly embarrass myself.

I cannot know the riches of His glory while sitting in my little mud puddle. I need to move to the pond God has for me in order to experience the surpassing greatness of His power.

Father, open the eyes of my heart that I may know the hope of Your calling.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened,
so that your may know what is the hope of His calling,
what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.”
Ephesians 1:18-19 (NAS)

Patty Wysong

Patty Wysong, a home executive with over 20 years of experience, homeschools two of her five children, but don't let that fool you. She spends much of her time working on what God has placed in her hand: her keyboard. From the corner of her living room she writes inspirational fiction, devotionals, blog posts, and teaches online blogging workshops. You'll also find her drinking kool aid from her china cup, preparing for the ladies Bible study she leads, and helping at their church. Through her writing, Patty has found the extraordinary God in her ordinary life.

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  1. This is the second blog I’ve seen today with duck pictures! I love the analogy. I want to be in the mud either, He has so much more in store for us!

    • 🙂 Tis the duck season! 🙂 I forget so easily that God has more for me. Thanks for stopping by Eileen.

  2. Great analogy. Thanks for sharing. I am reading A.W. Tozer’s “The Pursuit of God.” I am only getting through 3-4 pages per day, it is that heavy. But so good. I am trying to get out of my puddle and venture even as far as the ocean if necessary in my pursuit to know Him!

  3. What a super analogy. Longing to get out of my puddle.

    • You and me both, Joanne! Let’s fly together. 🙂

  4. Oh, Patti, I love this! Such a great analogy. I’m so glad I got to read this. Bless you!

    • Hi Lynn! I love all the little things we can learn from life. 🙂


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