Rerouting Wrong Thoughts-OUT

Our newest family members on The Glasgow Farm

Our newest family members on The Glasgow Farm

The screaming and fighting in the back seat was brutal!  It was a fight to the death.  As I slung my arms toward the back seat, the car swerved off the road.  Semi trucks were passing me, going 80 miles an hour. I pulled over to stop the fight.  I’m sure people thought I was mercilessly beating my children when they saw my arms flailing.

Yesterday I drove the beautiful Appalachian Mountains and picked up our newest family members- a Royal Palm Turkey and a Red Bourbon Turkey.  They were not happy about being confined to a vehicle, nor being confined next to each other.  Hence, it was a fight to the death in my back seat.  The Red Bourbon decided to cure his displeasure with lashing out in anger.  He decided to kill the Royal Palm, literally.  He hopped on top of him and went for the neck!

I called 911 (Dale).  He said, “Reroute their thinking.  Turkeys aren’t the smartest and they’re thinking gets stuck.  You’ve got to reroute it.  Scream and hit the cage.”  I screamed, hit the cage and they stopped for 10 minutes.  It started again.  I screamed, hit the cage and clapped my hands.  It stopped.  30 minutes later the fight started again.  I screamed, hit the cage and clapped my hands.  It finally stopped for good. We all made it home alive and now they’re best friends.

I could sense the Lord say to my heart this is no different from people. When our circumstances aren’t what we want, our thinking gets stuck on the negative.  If we get stuck on the negative, we react wrong. We’ve got to be aware that negative thoughts can destroy and learn how to re-route them- OUT.

Every time a negative thought repeats in our mind over the course of a day, we should be reminded of the turkey’s lesson.

“For the weapons of our warfare  are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5


The Royal Palm Turkey- He’ll be stunning when his tail feathers come back in

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—mediate on these things. “Philippians 4:8

  • Abby said:

    Wow, we just had this exact topic and two of the verses you used last night in my ladies Bible Study. I'll send each of them a link to this post. I'm so glad your turkeys are friends now.

  • Charmé said:

    These are beautiful birds. Glad they survived. Thanks for sharing this analogy. I've been stuck lately. Blessings in Jesus.

  • Jill Beran said:

    What a great picture you painted and such an important truth! Not sure I would have survived that drive...though my kids saw the pics of your turkeys and thought they looked wonderful! Definitely more attractive than our wild turkeys in Iowa!!

  • Barb Koob said:

    What am amazing story!! Such truth! I have never heard it told this way.
    Love it!

  • T.J. said:

    Thanks Great writing! This is a powerful message Sharon!

  • Anna said:

    Thank you for the message, love the pictures, the turkeys are beautiful - even with the tattered feathers. As always I so needed this today, I sometimes feel tattered like the feathers, but I'm so grateful that God is my strength,

  • Karen said:

    This fits great! Things are slow at work and people are getting upset and lashing out at others. We need to reroute our thinking and remember to work through this together with God's help.

  • Kathy said:

    It's amazing how we can become embroiled in an issue with someone we love and strike out in words that wound. However, your husband had it right when he told you to "re-route their thinking (the turkeys, of course)." When I want a situation to be righted, my way is to enforce my will and hope the other party will cooperate. This doesn't work out too many times. The way to shift my attitude about any negative event must be to take the Word to heart and apply it as it says in Phil. 4:8. Thank you for giving me the insight to meditate on God's Word to see His intent and purpose in all that comes into my life.

  • God keeps bringing this to me in all areas today. Thanks for writing this. Our minds are so powerful, and mine tends to go to the gutter right away with thoughts of worry and anxiety. Giving all this to the Lord. Thanks.

  • Kathy said:

    Oh my goodness, such an explanation, exactly how I needed to hear it this morning. My beloved was let go from his job in early January and while he did find another one fairly quickly, we are still trying to rerout our thinking regarding that old job and our life in general. Yesterday he took a day off and drove semi as a volunteer for a local food bank. It was meant to be a day of blessing for everyone involved and while it was, he felt the barbs of the evil one almost all day and came home feeling defeated. I will share the story of the turkeys and pray he is encouraged as I am. Thank you for posting today.

  • I love this! It definitely applied to my life today... and I hope I passed the tests... But if I didn't- thankfully tomorrow has fresh mercy!! I love your blog Sharon!!

  • Denise said:

    How true! I spend so much time focusing on what I do not have rather than the blessings I've been given. Thank you for the reminder.

  • Joy said:

    LOVE this idea of re-routing our thinking. When our thoughts start heading down a destructive path, we need to place a huge DETOUR sign in the way and take a safer road, one filled with praise. I'm sure the scenery will be much more pleasant there as well.