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Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)
TITLE: GOD'S TADPOLES
By Amy Nicholson
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“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. (NIV Is. 55:8)
We couldn’t wait for them to get their legs. Sure, it’s neat having a dozen tiny pets, but the coolest thing about caring for tadpoles is watching them transform into frogs. My oldest son knows that, he’s nine. His younger siblings, though, are new to this fact. From now on they will know that tadpoles metamorphose into frogs. It seems to be common knowledge--to humans. The tadpole’s purpose in life is to become a frog.
The tadpoles don’t know about the changes that will occur to their bodies and their lives. How strange it must be for the tiny creature to wake up one day and have legs! After months of solely using his tail to propel himself around in the water, he finds himself having not only a tail, but also these two extremities coming out of the back of him. Now he can secure himself on the rocks below him or climb the rock beside him. He probably doesn’t realize that he will eventually lose his tail.
But before he grew legs, he started looking more and more like the frog he is was to become. His mouth widened; he actually appears to have lips. His body refined. He’s not just a translucent blob. He went from being solid black to having an interesting pattern of greens and browns. Did he know he was transforming or was it only visible from the outside?
God probably looks at us the way we look at those tadpoles. Just as we know that they will become frogs, God knows what we will become. He knows why He wants us here on this planet. He knows the purpose for which He sent us.
Sometimes I find legs I didn’t even know I had. Sometimes I mourn the loss of my youth—my comfort for so long. Sometimes those who have been watching me grow see changes in me that I don’t even realize have occurred.
Whatever happens, though, I know that God has a plan for me. And it’s a good one.
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