In a forest, a pregnant deer is about to give birth. She finds a remote grass field near a strong-flowing river. This seems a safe place. Suddenly labour pains begin.

At the same moment, dark clouds gather around above and lightning starts a forest fire. She looks to her left and sees a hunter with his bow pointing at her. To her right, she spots a hungry lion approaching her.

What can the pregnant deer do? She is in labour!

What will happen? Will the deer survive? Will she give birth to a fawn? Will the fawn survive? Or will everything be burnt by the forest fire? Will she perish at the hunter’s arrow? Will she die a horrible death at the hands of the hungry male lion approaching her?

She is constrained by the fire on the one side and the flowing river on the other and boxed in by her natural predators. What does she do? She decided to focus on giving birth to a new life.

Here is what happened next:

– Lightning strikes and blinds the hunter. So he releases the arrow which zooms past the deer and strikes the hungry lion.

– It starts to rain heavily, and the forest fire is slowly doused by the rain.

– The deer gives birth to a healthy fawn.

Similarly, in our life, there are moments of choice when we are confronted with negative thoughts and possibilities on all sides. Some thoughts are so powerful that they overcome us and overwhelm us. Maybe we can learn from the deer. The priority of the deer at that given moment was simply to give birth to its baby. The rest were not in her hands to control, and any action or reaction that changes her focus could likely results in death or great harm.

Ask yourself, where is your focus? Where is your faith and hope? In the midst of any storm, they should be on God always. He will never ever disappoint you. Remember, He neither slumbers nor sleep.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.1 Peter 5:7

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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