The answer, of course, is: To get to the other side!

Now: What is the turtle interested in, on the other side of the road? Well, I don’t know enough about turtles to answer that question. And to the question: Why are so many turtles trying to get to the other side of the road at this time of year? Again, I’m not enough of a turtle expert to know. (I suspect that it has to do with turtle sexual activity.)

All I know is that, at this time of year, I frequently see smashed turtles in the middle of traffic lanes as well as more turtles trying to cross roads. I notice this, especially, when I’m out on my bicycle. So, when I see a turtle trying to cross, I stop, I lean the bike against something, I walk back to pick up the turtle, and I place it in the weeds on the other side of the road.

Doing this is nearly always inconvenient. It’s always when I’m out of town, so I’ve been pedaling for a while so that I’m warmed up, and I’m in a groove. (Today I was even enjoying a 20+ mile-per-hour downhill!)

But I’m happy to engage in these acts of stewardship. (“Stewardship” = taking care of what God has given us.) These are small acts in my stewardship of nature, just like bicycling to work as often as possible, and using cloth bags when shopping, and so on.

What have been your practices of stewardship today?