Category: Protection


Job continues the longest speech in his namesake book of the Bible, found in Job chapters 26-31, with the “if only’s” of Job 29.

You can almost hear Job’s “woe is me” attitude, wishing things back to the way they were and turning all drama queen implying that God is no longer with him.

“Oh that I were as in months gone by, As in the days when God watched over me; When the Almighty was yet with me…”   Job 29:1, 5

He recounts his past blessings; how well he was treated, how wonderful and great he was, how he had everything… respect, honor, children and God.

How often do we do that ourselves?  We remember back to the “good ole’ days” when life was somehow better or easier or simpler, and wish we could go back.  But God doesn’t want us to dwell on the past…

“Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past.”   Isaiah 43:18

He wants us to learn from it.

 

 

The experiences we have in our lifetime make each of us unique.  Each experience molds us into the person God wants us to be and gives us our voice, our unique story and equips us to help others.  God uses the past to teach us and to better us.

“For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”   Romans 15:4

Don’t look back upon your life with regret or wish away where you are now.  Ask God to help you find His plan for you right where you are.  God has given you a story only you can tell and equipped you with the tools you need.  Look around.  Who has God placed in your life right now?  Reach out…

 

 

 

Related posts:
I need a new… [Job 1-2]
with friends like these… [Job 4-25 reflections]
Are Job’s Friends All That Bad? [Job 1-2]
Are you a drama queen? [Job 3]
Shut don’t go up… [Job 7]
The beauty of a collector [Job 9]
You know what happens when you ASS-U-ME [Job 1-9 reflections]
Liar, liar, pants on fire! [Job 11]
Look around! [Job 12-13]
Put up your dukes! [Job 15]
Sticks and stones… [Job 18]
I pity the fool… [Job 20-21]
I am with you always. [Job 23-24]
Show some compassion! [Job 25-28]

Sydney got braces yesterday…and she wants you to know that they hurt.

A lot.

She’s ten years old and doesn’t have all her adult teeth in yet, so she has what the orthodontist calls “2×4’s”; braces on the front four teeth then bands on her back two molars for the orthodontic headgear.

Ouch.

I had to wear headgear when I went through those crazy-snaggle-tooth-ugly-middle-school years so as I watched them place the bands on her teeth and then eventually how to put the headgear on, oh it brought back memories.

YIKES! …but check out the Atari!! Mmmm-hmm, word.

Yup.  My teeth hurt just watching it!

After we left the orthodontist, I had Syd practice putting the headgear on.  She was struggling greatly with getting the tips placed into the tubes correctly and she became more and more frustrated.  She tried over and over and over again with zero success.

Her muscles stiffened, her grasp became more forceful and her eyes squinted as she tried desperately to make it work.  My stomach twisted in knots just willing her to get it, to no avail.  My heart broke for her knowing that she had to get this, she had to figure it out.

Syd was on the verge of tears when I finally told her to stop.  “Say a quick prayer,” I said. “Ask God to guide your hands.  Ask Him to help you get it in and to calm your nerves.”

She immediately closed her eyes.  I was hoping she would pray aloud but as she leaned back, her face loosened.  Her shoulders fell, her arms relaxed and her hands gently cradled the headgear.  Her face was at peace and beautiful.

After several minutes, her eyes sprung open and she lifted the headgear, placed it into her mouth and slid it right into place.

“Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me; O LORD, be my helper.”   Psalm 30:10

“And the LORD will continually guide you…”   Isaiah 58:11a

God is amazing.  He works so mightily in our lives and we don’t even recognize it.

If He will work through a little girl struggling with something so insignificant as an orthodontic device, how much more will He do in your life?

“For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.”   Psalm 48:14 (niv)

When the weight of this world knocks you down and you feel like you can’t go on, He will never leave your side.

I am so glad I have boys.

Boys love to show how strong, fast and brave they are.  They want to protect the world, rescue the damsel and save the day.  Their heart’s desire is to be the hero and I tell you, a girl and the world wouldn’t mind being rescued now and then.

But because I have these boys in my life and am also married to one, I have been forced to become very familiar with all the great superheroes and villains; their powers, their weaknesses, their costumes and their movies.

I have now seen The Avengers movie more than once and I tell you, it is an absolutely outstanding movie and one I will watch over and over and over again.

The Avengers is a superhero action movie featuring Thor, Iron Man, Hulk and Captain America, who incidentally have movies of their own, but you don’t necessarily have to know about these characters before you see this movie…although I’m sure you’ll want to after you do.

But what I love so much about not only this movie, but superheroes in general, is how God’s character is revealed through them.  The feelings we get and how we respond to watching these superheroes is exactly how we should feel about our amazing, wonderful, strong and powerful God and how He should be seen.

Let’s start with THOR  as Wikipedia describes him: In Norse mythology, Thor is a hammer-wielding god associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, the protection of mankind, and also hallowing, healing, and fertility.

Clearly resemblant of our creator…

“When He utters His voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, And He causes the clouds to ascend from the end of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain, And brings out the wind from His storehouses.”   Jeremiah 10:13

“He covers His hands with the lightning, And commands it to strike the mark.”   Job 36:32

“Also with moisture He loads the thick cloud; He disperses the cloud of His lightning. It changes direction, turning around by His guidance, That it may do whatever He commands it On the face of the inhabited earth.”   Job 37:11-12

And then there’s IRON MAN  as Wikipedia describes him: Iron Man possesses powered armor that gives him superhuman strength and durability, flight, and an array of weapons. The armor is invented and worn by Stark. Iron Man’s standard offensive weapons have always been the repulsor rays that are fired from the palms of his gauntlets.

Like Iron Man, God offers strength, power and unique protection and also possesses a trait portrayed best by Stark; God wants our eyes focused only upon Him…

“Ascribe strength to God; His majesty is over Israel And His strength is in the skies.”   Psalm 68:34

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”   Ephesians 6:11

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”   Deuteronomy 6:5

“I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.”   Proverbs 8:17

“for you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God”   Exodus 34:14

Wikipedia describes the HULK as a gigantic, green, irradiated, mutated humanoid monster with incredible strength and an inability to control his rage. The Hulk is sometimes characterized as hyper-aggressive and brutal, other times as cunning, brilliant, and scheming. The Hulk possesses the potential for limitless physical strength depending directly on his emotional state, particularly his anger and is resistant to most forms of injury or damage.

Although the Hulk is typically cast as an anti-hero, our God portrays similar attributes; angry and wrathful, although rightly deserved…

“A jealous and avenging God is the LORD; The LORD is avenging and wrathful. The LORD takes vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies.”   Nahum 1:2

“for the LORD your God in the midst of you is a jealous God; otherwise the anger of the LORD your God will be kindled against you, and He will wipe you off the face of the earth.”   Deuteronomy 6:15

“that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, so that you may fear the LORD your God forever.”   Joshua 4:24

And I just love the way he takes care of a false god in the movie and the only two words he utters…

 

 

Saving the best for last… my favorite, CAPTAIN AMERICA. As described by Wikipedia, Captain America has no superhuman powers, although as a result of the Super-Soldier Serum and “Vita-Ray” treatment, he is transformed from a frail young man into a “perfect” specimen of human development and conditioning. Captain America’s strength, endurance, agility, speed, reflexes, durability, and healing are at the zenith of natural human potential. Rogers’ body regularly replenishes the super-soldier serum; it does not wear off.

Not only is Captain America a beautiful picture of the power and strength God fills us with, the captain is the epitome of all America and humankind holds dear; truth, humility, justice, strength, love and hope and is the best portrayal of God’s true character.

“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”   Psalm 18:2

“… God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”   Psalm 46:1

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Lovingkindness and truth go before You.”   Psalm 89:14

There is even one scene where the Black Widow is explaining to Captain America who Thor and Loki are, saying “they’re basically gods”  and it was in Captain America’s response that had me cheering…

 

 

I serve an amazing God.  The sacrifice He made for me is astounding, the love he has for me is astoning, and the fact that He made me and wants to use me is mind-boggling.

My God surely is an Avenger.

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“for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”   Philippians 2:13

It amazes me, in a world where we are taught;

“It’s a dog eat dog world.”

“He who dies with the most toys wins.” 

“Ignorance is bliss.”

That God is able to work so mightily in people.

I have always been in awe of people who serve the Lord sacrificially.

People who think of others instead of themselves, offer their money to those in need, buy groceries for those who are hungry, provide transportation to those who don’t have a ride and give of their time to comfort those who are struggling.

My family has been the recipient of God’s provision so many times through selfless gifts and the generosity of others, it’s almost too numerous to count and had I not witnessed these amazing stories of God’s provision and faithfulness myself, I would have not believed them to be true.

It is a truly beautiful thing when people allow God to be seen through them, and it happened again tonight.

A dear friend stopped by our home tonight and in her arms she held overflowing bags of groceries.

“Aw, Isn’t that nice?” you’re thinking… but what floors me is that this woman is a single mom.  She’s raising a teen-aged daughter herself, and I can only imagine that the money she spent on us could have been used on her.

She felt God tug on her heart to help us.

She looked past what might be lacking in her own bank account; her daughter foregoing new nail polish or another want and instead carried gallons of milk to our front door.

I sent a quick thank you to my friend, and her response proved the love she has for Christ, and the work He is doing in her life:

“God is good. He gets the credit. I was just the worker bee.”

“There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.”         1 Corinthians 12:6 (niv)

“equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.”   Hebrews 13:21

Do not underestimate how God is working in our lives.
He works mightily to get our attention.

Don’t miss an opportunity to be used!

Oh… and this is the song that was playing when my friend and her daughter arrived…

 

When we got home from church today we walked up the stairs and across the porch like we had thousands of times before.

Nothing was amiss, nothing was different, it was the same ‘ole same ‘ole.

We tried to figure out what we were having for lunch…

“How bout Mac & Cheese and hotdogs?” Jax asked, which irritated me a bit.

“Well, we can only make what we have!”  I snapped back.

We’ve been struggling with finances and lack of food the past few weeks and I’ve been getting tired of hearing, “We have no food!” and “The fridge is so empty!” and quite frankly, I’m tired of eating popcorn.

I’ve been counting the days until the food pantry is open and we can go again, but it’s not for another couple weeks.  Thankfully Jax gets paid this coming Friday!

I asked Jax if we had any cash at all because Syd had an appointment in a couple hours for a hair cut at JC Penney (only because they have a special this month for free kids’ haircuts!  Woo-hoo!)  But I can’t possibly go without a tip for the stylist!

“Yeah,” Jax thought about it, “I guess I’ll have to transfer from our bill payment account because checking has $.07 in it.”

“At least it’s not negative!” I said jokingly.

He gave me a look that almost said, “Yeah, but for how much longer?!!”

As I poured the last of the milk jug into the Mac & Cheese and handed the empty jug to Sam, she walked outside to the recycling bin just off the front porch to throw it away.

“Ugh, now we need more milk!” I thought sourly.

As she opened the front door, she found a white envelope taped to the recently empty porch with ‘Jax & Nicole’ scrawled across the front.  Nothing else was written on the envelope and no other note accompanied it, but what we found inside was a crisp $100 bill.

“Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”   Matthew 6:8

“O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you.”   Psalm 38:9

And just guess what song was playing on the radio at that exact moment??

Mmm-hmmm, we serve a great God.

Praise Him!!

 

 

Psalm 139 teaches us that God is in control.  He knows all things, plans all things and there is no hiding from His knowledge and presence.

I love that and saw it clearly yesterday when I peed in a cup.

Yes, you heard me right.

God tends to reveal Himself in obscure ways… well, at least to me He does and most recently it has been in the bathroom.  (There will be more on that at some other most inappropriate time.)

Anyway, back to peeing in a cup.

I have had a stomach ache for quite some time, and recently went to the doctor to have it checked out.  I don’t seem to have any other symptoms; I won’t go into the unnecessarily extensive and picturesque list of symptoms asked of me, that is a clear visual you don’t need, so what you need to know is an ultrasound and more testing need to be done.

Before I left the doctor’s office, an ultrasound was set up for the very next day at the UW Hospital downtown, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and scheduled to come in for the lab work an hour before heading downtown for the ultrasound appointment.

As I left and got into my car to leave, my cell phone rang revealing a number I was not familiar with.  I answered it and a nurse from the UW Hospital was calling to tell me there was a conflict in their schedule and I would have to move my ultrasound appointment to next week.

I had hoped to get everything done in one day but obviously I wasn’t able to, so I decided to keep the lab appointment at the clinic anyway. When I went in for the lab work the next day, I had blood drawn first and then headed into the restroom to pee in a cup…and that is where I spied God.

Had I not been forced to changed my ultrasound appointment, originally scheduled an hour after that one, I would have left the clinic and headed down to the UW Hospital but because I had lab work done and incidentally peed in a cup, I would not have had the required full bladder needed for an accurate ultrasound.

Because God is in control; knowing what would be needed and orchestrated it so that my ultrasound appointment was changed, I was able to have my lab work done and will now have the most accurate ultrasound test done next week.

This life is no accident; each moment exactly as it should be, each of us placed strategically.

In Psalm 139, God teaches us that very truth and also teaches that through whatever trial, He is the source of hope and comfort.

Psalm 139  ESV

Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.

7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.

13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.a
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.

19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain!
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!

When I was about ten years old I was a girl scout (and I find it a bit disturbing that the exact girl scout uniform I used to wear -above- I found the image on the Smithsonian legacies site.)  I should’ve just gone downstairs and taken a picture of my old uniform!

Anyway, that’s not the point although I kind of dig the fact that I have waaaay more patches on my sash.  🙂

We used to go camping as a troop and one time we stencil painted our names and an adjective to describe us on a pillow case.  The catch was the adjective had to start with the first letter of our name.

Great.  There were only 3 words I could think of for N;  Nice, Naughty & Nutty.  (I know, there are far cooler N adjectives… give me a break I was ten.)

We went around the circle telling everyone our adjective…

Cute Christy

Sweet Shannon

Adorable Angie

Jumping Jena

Oh they had such cute names, I was totally going with Nutty Nicole.  It was fun and would make people laugh…oh yes, that was the one.

As we went around the circle, it stopped at the other Nicole in the group who was just as inventive on N adjectives as I was.  “Nutty Nicole” she said.

I about had a heart attack.  I was certainly not going with naughty, and nice was just lame!  The circle rounded  its final turn and I was last to go, and I said…

It is so funny the silly regrets we have in life. The little things we wish we could change… and I can assure you no one else even remembers the adjective I chose back then, but I do not still have and never did use that pillow case!

Do I wish I would’ve gone with another word?  Absolutely!  Any other; neat, nifty, noble, notorious, even noisy would’ve been good, but what I find so interesting is how desperately I did not want to be associated with the word:

           

We are born with an innate sense of right and wrong since the fall of mankind.  God didn’t want us to have to choose between right and wrong.  He had one rule…

“…You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”   Genesis 2:16-17

We are made in the image of our Creator who cannot do wrong, but since that fateful choice to eat from the tree, all the generations since have possessed that choice… and so we struggle.

“…Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil…”   Genesis 3:22

Thankfully as Christ followers we have help…

“… he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”   John 14:16-17

Although we all will fail at some point after giving our lives to Christ by making a wrong choice, I have frequently found myself labeled and placed in the “naughty” category, often by other Christians, because of the songs I listen to, the jokes I laugh at, the movies I see.

One of my favorite songs is “Fly Away” by FFH;

This song speaks to my heart.  I love it’s sound, it’s beat and especially it’s message.  I sang this song as a special one Sunday a long time ago at a church we used to attend,

and got in trouble for it.

At that same church I lead the youth program, AWANA, and used some Go Fish songs to teach the the kids;

it was frowned upon.

The God I serve is an exciting, colorful, and fun-loving God and I have been taught that the way I see Him and life is wrong.  Thankfully He brought us to the church we now call home, where I am surrounded by other people who enjoy life, a good laugh and a strong beat.  They are just as crazy as me in thinking God is alive and energetic and wonderful.

“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”   Zephaniah 3:17

“…as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.”   Isaiah 62:5

Our five senses point to His creativity and enjoyment.

Why do we have taste buds?

Why does our skin long for touch?

Why does He create things of beauty for us to gaze upon?

Why do we prefer certain sounds?

Why can we be satisfied by a scent?

And why then did He create laughter?

Of course we must have a healthy fear of the One who created us.  He has rules we are expected to follow and we are to glorify Him through our actions and our lives, but to say He doesn’t want us to fully enjoy Him and this world He created specifically for us, is silly.

“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.”   1 Timothy 6:17

Find out for yourself how great God is.  He wants you to live life, love life, and love Him.

 

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”   Jeremiah 29:11-13 (niv)

I often hear people ask and wonder so often myself;
“What is God’s plan for me?  What does He want me to do?  What will bring Him the most glory?”

Ever since I returned from the She Speaks writers conference, I have been struggling with the direction I feel God has for me.  I have an unsettledness inside me to continue writing, but see no real path.  I long to glorify God through whatever it is I do, and if writing isn’t where God wants me, I want to know…I don’t want to waste mine and His time if this isn’t the path He wants me on!

I was talking with a friend about this and God spoke to me through her when she said;

“I think we get stuck because we want to do the right thing, but end up doing nothing because we don’t want to do the wrong thing.  Just remember how MUCH God loves you and that His desire for others to be ministered through the gifts He gave you, is greater then your desire to use them.”

So what do we do, how do we know what path to take?

Stop.

It’s time to have a talk with God.
Let Him know what you’re struggling with and ask Him for direction.

“I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words.”   Psalm 17:6

“Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.”   1 John 3:21-22

Listen.

Stop with the noise!
God speaks quietly.  In fact, many times it’s a longing or desire He places within us.
So, what moves you?  What are you passionate about?  What is it you think you want to do?

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.”   Psalm 37:4-6

Take a deep breath.

Stop doubting!
God has a plan for us and even had it planned long before we were born!  As long as we stay in His will, He will not fail to show us what that plan is.

“For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.'”   Isaiah 41:13

Take a step.

God responds to faith…and sometimes He waits for us to take that first step before He acts.
Move in the direction you think is right.
Trust that He will lead you and know that if it is not the right path He will change your direction.

“I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”   Revelation 3:8

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”   Proverbs 3:5-6

 

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Have you ever had a girl crush?

crush   noun   \ˈkrəsh\
Definition of CRUSH : an intense and usually passing infatuation <have a crush on someone>;
(Definition of INFATUATE : to inspire with a foolish or extravagant love or admiration)

You know, you’re a girl and you meet another girl and she’s gorgeous, friendly, funny, sweet, and totally in style.  You feel like you’ve known her your whole life; you have the same beliefs, same views on life, family and God and you totally “get” why her husband married her.

“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”   1 Peter 3:3-4

The Urban dictionary defines it as:

girl crush
feelings of admiration and adoration which a girl has for another girl, without wanting to shag said girl. a nonsexual attraction, usually based on veneration at some level.

These are the girls who are not related by blood and yet love us unconditionally.  They offer their shoulders freely for crying and their sleeves for blowing.  They act as a back board to bounce ideas off of and a coach to guide us.  They are a safe haven to run to in a storm and a gentle hand that picks us up when we slip.

This is a tribute to the girls in my life; those of you who make me want to act better, look better, love my husband and children better, portray Christ better, treat others better, and love my God better.

Thank you for the love and acceptance you have shown me, for the inspiration you have given me, for the wisdom you have shared with me and for the Godliness you have displayed for me.

I praise God for the girl crushes He has blessed me with, and although it is said that a crush is short lived, maybe these are the exception.

You know who you are… and I thank you.

“He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.”   Proverbs 28:26 (niv)

Our puppy Wilson has a “developmental disorder.”  I’m sure of it.

 

  • Is easily distracted and frequently switches from one activity to another
  • Has difficulty maintaining focus on one task
  • Doesn’t seem to listen when spoken to
  • Struggles to follow instructions.
  • Dashes around playing with anything and everything in sight
  • Is constantly in motion
  • Has difficulty waiting for things he wants

Wilson is a six month old Pit Bull Terrier mix who is full of energy and life.  When we first brought him home, walking him was no short order.  He was full of curiosity and wonder dodging from left to right unsure of which direction he wanted to take.  He pulled on the leash determined to go his own way, or would come to a dead stop and we would have to tug him to get him moving again.

He tripped over himself and us, eager to go one way then would get distracted by a new smell or rustle in the brush and do a 180, spinning on his heels heading the opposite way in practically the same motion.  He relied on his nose to guide him and continually found himself on a different path than the one holding the leash.

How often do we find ourselves in the same predicament?

We dart from one thing to the next, excited and curious, longing to do God’s will but unsure of which path to take.  We head down one road then find ourselves chasing an enticing smell or exciting noise down another.  We pull and tug desiring our own way.

It is so easy for us to be moved by our feelings or circumstances and take a path based on them.  But when we travel that road we often find ourselves confused, lost and unsure until our Master whispers our name and gently calls us back to His side to turn us in the right direction.

We have a guide through this world.  Someone who looks out for us.  Someone who wants only the best for us.  Someone who possesses unconditional patience, love and forgiveness offering it freely and abundantly.

It is when we trust in Him and follow His lead that we will find the protection, confidence and peace we desire.

“For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”   1 Peter 2:25

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”   Psalm 32:8

“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”   Proverbs 16:9

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