Life Lessons from a Frog by Robin Densmore Fuson
Can we learn from a frog? Does God speak to us in everyday occurrences?
it and it holds a table and chairs, a sectional, treadmill and weights, and most importantly, an in-ground
hot tub. The hot tub helps my fibromyalgia symptoms.
Many of my writing ideas
come to me as I relax in the swirling hot water. I enjoy a view of a small
forest area behind our house and I appreciate the beautiful sky above my head.
On occasion, lizards and frogs sneak in and check out our domain.
One day, I glanced over
and found a tiny bright green frog sitting like a statue, gazing out through
the screen into his domain. I wondered what he thought. Did he wish he hadn’t
squeezed under the enclosure? Was he just hanging out? Was he taking a time out
away from the hustle of life in a forest filled with family, friends,
predators, and the hassle of finding food?
He seemed to me, as he
sat flat-bottomed with the soles of his feet touching, that he contemplated
life. He was chillin’ in the quiet of the lanai with no distractions.
I also sat in
contemplation. The heat soothed and the only sound came from the jetted tub.
Not even a breath of wind. No squirrels or birds to draw my attention. I did
what I normally end up doing. I prayed. I thanked the Lord for His beautiful
creation. I thanked Him for the gift of the hot tub and my house. I thanked Him
for my husband who got up early to turn on the heater to the tub. I thanked him
for His love for me. I thanked Him for the amazing blessings in my life,
children, grandchildren, friends, and the abilities He gave me. I then thanked
Him for the gift of my new green friend and the lesson he showed me of sitting
quietly before my Lord and Savior.
Did the Lord send the
frog to my dwelling so I could learn another lesson? I don’t think there are
coincidences with the Lord. I think we need to learn from all things around us,
even little green frogs. We need to praise the Lord for the smell of a rose or the
belly laugh of a baby. The smile of a loved one or the touch of your
grandchild’s hand. Do you thank Him for the little things, like when you’re
running late and you come upon a fresh car crash that could’ve been you? Or the
fact that the bees and butterflies love the flowers in your garden? Do you
thank the Lord when you climb into your working vehicle? Or when the buzzer
goes off to tell you the cookies are finished baking? What about when your
alarm goes off? Do you thank the Lord for another day? Thank him. Praise Him.
Your outlook on everything will brighten.
Don’t think that I’m one
of those Pollyannas that sees a silver lining in every rain cloud. Remember the
beginning when I said, I used the hot tub to help with my fibromyalgia? Chronic
pain is difficult and can be unbearable. Sometimes walking is too painful for
me to cross the room. I have constant pain in my hands. My back aches most
During the night can be
intense. I change positions frequently so I don’t wake up too stiff. I
need to get out of bed three to five times to stretch my legs to hopefully alleviate
the pain. Too many times, I have to walk or jump for short periods on the
rebounder to wear them out so they settle down and don’t throb. I praise the
Lord, I’m on medication that took my bi-weekly three-day migraines away. I
still have headaches at different degrees every day but the last migraine was
nine months ago! My left knee gives me fits as if it’s giving out and sometimes
I need to wear a knee brace. I keep a cane in my car “just in case.” At the
moment, my back feels like it’s on fire with spasms. I thank the Lord for the
things He has shown me to help with these issues like wrapping my knee at night
to trick it into believing it’s comforted and the pain fades. Medications
either don’t work or cause weird side effects. I don’t tell you this for
sympathy but so you know I can empathize with you and what you’re going
through. Also, my husband wanted me to share.
Maybe my pain is one
reason why I thank the Lord for the small gifts He brings. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who
belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 nlt)
I love the song: I Will Praise You in the Storm by Casting Crowns. You can listen to it here: