When baby penguin came out of her egg and onto the ice, she looked like she was terrified to put on foot in front of the other because the ground underneath her was so slippery. She knew that if she made a sudden move she would surely fall.
Next to her, another baby penguin hatched. He too had never been on the ice. But he was a different kind of a penguin. He got straight to it, gliding and swaying to and fro as he made his way along the ice. In a matter of minutes he was swooshing past her, with the wind through his little furry feathers, enjoying every moment, while she waddled her way to make the next step.
Baby penguin was not scared of the ice, as much as she was scared of falling. She could crack her little beak, or injure her feathery wings or something of the sort. She didn’t want to try, because she was scared of failing. But when she saw the other baby penguin, she thought “Hmmmm, maybe I can do it too”
So with some momentum, with small little strides to push her along the ice she glided to and fro on her little penguin feet. She really seemed to be getting the hang of it, so she went a little faster, and then fast again! But before she knew it, she couldn’t stop and as she waved her penguin wings around and around in the air, she crashed into ice caps in front of her. She cried and cowered into a little fur ball, and decided she would just lie there until she saw fit to get back up.
Along came the other baby penguin and slowly he lifted her up on to his feet. The longer she stayed with her feathers to the ice the colder she would get, so she had to keep moving. With the other baby penguin next to her, she felt a little more safe and now that she had already fallen, this whole ice thing didn’t really seem to big of a deal.
So of they went hand in hand, skating across the vast ice sheets under their feet. They were very happy. They found that when they went at it together, the journey wasn’t so lonely, and the momentum was much greater with two little feet on the floor.
Baby penguin decided to go off and explore by herself, leaving the other baby penguin to skate on his own. Little did she realise what was going to happen next. As she turned around she saw the other baby penguin face down with his wings in a knot. All she could do was lift him up, and take him to be fixed. She could feel tears streaming down her furry cheeks.
But the other baby penguin? No! He was strong, even thought his ouchie seemed to hurt a bit more. He held her hand the entire way and told her he would be fine. He was so brave she thought, and so strong. Once, he was fixed they stepped out into the ice, hand-in-hand again. This time baby penguin, felt much braver because she has seen how brave the other baby penguin was and now, since they had stuck through it together, she felt like she could glide along the shaky, cracking ice no matter how many times she had to!
And that’s exactly what they did. Together.
Remember that life is sometimes like unstable ice. You don’t know what every step will bring you. Whether you will be able to put one foot in front of the other, or if in the next step, you will fall. But remember God doesn’t leave you without help or comfort in this life, no matter how quick to change life is. There will always be someone placed in that moment of your life for a specific reason. You can’t stay down forever because you’ll freeze. You’ll never grow. You must get up and keep going. God will pick you up when you fall down, and give you strength when you are weak, and show you that “Hey, it’s okay to fall. But remember to keep going!”. The people he places around us for support, are the ones that are our tangible reminders of this fact. Just like how these two baby penguins meet each other at exactly the right time to be able to build each other up and help each other keep going. God will place the right people in your life to help you keep going, when that’s the last thing you want to do.
“Success is not final, failure is not final. It is the courage to continue that counts”Winston Churchill