So, let’s talk about snails… When we were brainstorming about names, we kept coming back to snails for some reason. Snails are kind of two-sided, like the word Diddly that we explained yesterday. Some people see snails as a symbol for laziness. But many ancient cultures saw a snail as a symbol for home (it’s shell), hard work, and the cycle of life.
We wanted to call you guys snails because besides being uniquely made by God, another big lesson we talk about is to slow down and notice things. If there’s a creature made by God who takes its time… it’s a snail for sure. Think about a snail–he is steady and consistent. He takes his time to stop and notice details that other people zoom by. And he appreciates the journey he’s on, not just the end result. He works on the process of getting there, because for a snail, it’s not easy to get somewhere.
That’s like us. Stop and notice God’s world, his people, how your brain works–love it all. Be steady and consistent–as you work on growing in Christ, you need to take baby steps towards a goal, not expecting it to happen overnight. And understand you are a work in progress–the most important things in life are not things you’ll finish and be done with. You’ll never be done being a son or daughter, you’ll never be done growing as a Christian in your faith. These kinds of things are about the path and the journey, and if you can slow down, appreciate the process of life–you’ll be able to experience joy, peace, contentment.
So, then, just as you received King Jesus the Lord, you must continue your journey in him.
Colossians 2:6 (NTE)
The Lord has told you what is good. He has told you what he wants from you: Do what is right to other people. Love being kind to others. And live humbly, trusting your God.
Micah 6:8 (ICB)
Father, thank you, for life and everything in it. Remind me each day, to slow down, to notice and walk with you. Amen.