Save the Turtles, Silence the Gnats

Save the Turtles, Silence the Gnats


Introduction to 24 Day Devotional ‹  (Clicking this video link will redirect you to YouTube)

Welcome Friends! This marks the beginning of a 24 day devotional, studying the Gospel of Luke. I hope we will engage with each other through prayer, testimonials, and encouragement. Thank you for taking this journey with me.                                                          ~Torrie

Day One Bible Reading: Luke 1:1-80

Focus Scripture– Luke 1:20  “And behold, you will be silent and not able to speak until the day these things take place because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.”

This morning I saved a turtle’s life. No, I didn’t give it mouth to mouth but I saw it on the road, picked it up, and placed it in a safer area. He looked back at me and I felt his gratitude. With a smile on my face and warmth in my heart, I walked away… SMACK!!! I killed the gnat that was flying around my face. Yep, I saved the turtle and “silenced” the gnat. Why??? Well, the obvious reason; gnats get into places they shouldn’t!! Buzzing around eyes and ears, they are annoying little… buzzers. GASP!! I shocked myself with my thoughts. I reacted with compassion for the turtle and annoyance to the gnat. (Something I could control, versus what I could not.) We don’t always understand the bigger picture; so we question it and may react poorly. I recognized my need to be mindful of my impulses and even though it was a gnat it showed me how quick emotions change.

Luke 1:13-17 The angel Gabriel came to give Zacharias good news. His prayers being were answered! Not only was he going to have a son but this child would grow up and announce the coming of the long-awaited Savior of the world. But, Zacharias smacked down this wonderful news with his questions and doubts. Through the angel Gabriel, God responded to Zacharias by silencing him. Zacharias’ posture was in need of change, he needed to slow down. God’s divine timing was at hand and Zacharias was unaware of the glorious miracle that was about to take place.

Have you ever worked with an architect, event designer, or watched a conductor direct a group of singers or musicians? One of their talents is seeing and understanding the completed picture. The coördinator assigns duties to his colleagues, as part of the process. If we doubt or question the assignment we may find ourselves demoted to looking for a specific shade of paled turquoise tile, balloons, or bow ties instead of interacting with the main group. The “busy work” given to us, because of our doubt, could usher in a time of self-reflection. We could grow more trusting to those in charge and/or those entrusted by the Master Coordinator, God.

Zacharias’ words demoted him. He was part of an intricately woven master plan but questioned the authority and ability of God. He was unable to celebrate until John was born. His season of reflection made the wonder of this miraculous event even more powerful and historic. God’s arrival in human form was something to behold, a prophecy fulfilled. But He had to work around His created humans…He often has to work around us. 

Whether we meet turtles crossing the road or gnats that fly around us, we are responsible for what we feel, say, or do. Will we react in understanding, doubt, or annoyance? Let’s be careful not to quickly dismiss or smack down the events in our lives simply because we can not see the immediate usefulness. God’s plan defines us, we all serve a purpose in His WILL being done. How much involvement we have may depend on God being able to trust us.

~ Torrie


Discussion Questions:

  1. What am I idly praying for?
  2. Am I living out my purpose in God’s plan or have I given myself “busy” work?
  3. Has God rendered me silent in an area I wanted to celebrate because I doubted Him?

A Few Points:

  1. Luke introduces himself and gives an explanation for writing his Gospel. Luke 1:1-4
  2. Zacharias and Elizabeth are ready for retirement and had been praying for a child of their own. Luke 1:5-10
  3. Zacharias offers prayer in the temple and is visited by the angel Gabriel. Luke 1:11-12
  4. Zacharias doubts the validity of God’s answer to his long cried for prayer and as a result struck silent. Luke 1:18-20
  5. Mary is visited by the same angel Gabriel and told she will be the one to bring Christ into this world. Luke 1:26-38
  6. Joseph threatens to leave Mary, but is stopped by God. Matthew 1:18-25
  7. Mary visits Elizabeth and enjoys meaningful fellowship with her relative. Luke 1:39-56
  8. Elizabeth gives birth to John and Zacharias is able to speak. Luke 1:57-64


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  1. Broderick Slaughter

    Love the title, and it fits so perfectly. We tend to pick the lesser evil sometimes in our daily activities. Not realizing it all is a part of God’s plan. Thank my Queen for this blessings.

    • ourgivenpurpose

      Thank you for responding and yes you’re absolutely correct we do tend to pick the “lesser of two evils”. If I had picked the turtle up and threw it down to the ground splitting its shell I would be labeled a monster. But killing a gnat would have anyone batting an eye. We have to be mindful of the small things as well. Thank you Beloved. ❤️

  2. I’m idly praying for God to allow me to do great things every day but, I realize that I have to want these things for myself in order for God to give them to me. As of right now I’ve given myself busy work but I am slowly realizing that I need to think about what I say before I say it.

  3. Detria Moore

    Luke 1 is filled with so many nuggets and take-aways. From promises that would shape the world, to miracles, to the filling of the Holy Spirit, even before Pentecost. It’s just wonderful that even when we doubt, God is faithful to help our unbelief. Lord, I believe, but help my unbelief! I’ll continue seeking the Lord on what in my life is just busy work, and what is for His divine purpose.

    • ourgivenpurpose

      Amen! Help me in my unbelief! One of the many scriptures I utter when I am up against something I don’t know how to deal with. Thank you Sister Friend for sharing!!!

  4. This writing helps to remind me to stay in my lane and let God be God; besides He is perfect being God! He knows all and He alone knows the outcome. Proud of you daughter. Love agape Mom

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