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home : faith : faith August 27, 2015

5/20/2014 11:06:00 AM
A beaver walking down Edisto Drive?
Executive Director House of Hope
Bryan Braddock

Recently, I was driving home from work down Edisto Drive and saw a strange creature walking on the side of the road. What is that?, I thought. The traffic started to back up as others like myself slowed down to investigate. It was of all things a beaver. Furry and brown with a big black flat tail. Yep a beaver. I have lived in Florence for over 30 years and never seen a beaver much less one walking down the road.

Slow but steady the little guy was making his way down the side of the road towards Jeffery’s Creek (I wonder who Jeffery was) but he still had to cross Cherokee and had a long way to go before getting back to his home in the creek. I was thinking to myself how did he get so far from the creek and how does he know how to get back? My guess was that he lost his bearings due to stormy weather or some other unusual maybe tragic event and now he is letting his instincts guide him back home.

While pondering about this beaver’s plight it made me think of my life at times and the lives of the men and women who live in our homes. Sometimes we have events in our life that just knock us off course. I was later reading in the Bible about David in the Book of Psalms where he asked God to seek and find him because he had gone astray. David knew God’s commandments but had violated them and knew that he was off course and lost. His instinct was to call upon the Lord to help him find his way back.

It can happen to the best of us. That is something to think about the next time you see a homeless person walking down the road. Maybe something happened that just knocked them off track and they are lost. I pray that God will seek them as he sought David. Hopefully the beaver made it back to the creek. It frequently amazes me how God uses little situations like these to give me some perspective on life. Psalm 119:175-176 KJV “Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.”







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