Lessons From a One-Legged Sandpiper – By Bethany Hayes: 45th Parallel 2015 2nd Place Winner

Written by on May 4, 2015

One-legged Sandpiper - Bethany Hayes

Today’s post is by Bethany Hayes, second-place winner of the 45th  Parallel Contest 2015. Meet a heart-warming little friend she met on a beach in Florida.


Lessons From a One-Legged Sandpiper

Recently, while sitting by the gulf in Northwest Florida, I watched as three sandpipers scurried by. There was something special about one of them. He had one leg and one little stump.

One leg or two, he could still soar. But to walk through the everyday ins and outs of life, to live with an unchangeable circumstance day after day, and to survive one-legged in a two-legged world, took courage and determination. For him, living life was an effort foreign to the others.

None of these things stopped this little sandpiper. He hopped alongside the others, determined to survive in this two-legged world. His was a one-legged life, but he made it work.

When he hopped by, I almost missed him. I almost missed his silent courage and seemingly effortless determination. I almost missed this tiny reminder that obstacles can be overcome and hurdles produce courage.

Sometimes life seems like a one-legged journey in a two-legged world: off-balanced, too much effort, a hindered hop from one hurdle to another.

But life doesn’t have to stop just because it’s hard.

This one-legged sandpiper kept going.

Is there anything stopping us?

“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:1,2)

Lord, Thank You for the hurdles of life; the hard things day by day that keep us turned Your direction. Help us not to cave into our circumstances, but to see them as opportunities to run the race with an endurance that only comes from keeping our eyes fixed on You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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Bethany Hayes lives in Gresham, Oregon and holds a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies. She has taught women’s Bible studies since 2004 and is a regular contributor at various online devotional ministries. Bethany has been a member of Oregon Christian Writers since 2010 and has published over fifty articles and devotionals. To contact Bethany or subscribe to her weekly inspirational posts, visit her blog at www.CapacityCorner.blogspot.com.

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  1. Susan   On   May 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Can’t recall if I’v ever seen a one legged bird so successfully overcome such an obstacle. The blog is a strong reminder :2 Corinthians 12:9-11
    9 But he said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me. 10 Therefore I am content with weaknesses, with insults, with troubles, with persecutions and difficulties for the sake of Christ, for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.

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