Our family dog, Rusty, hates driving in cars. His miniature dachshund body quivers, and he whimpers nervous cries. He anxiously jumps up and down on the car seats, so the kids have learned to hold him securely. When he looks out of the car window, he whines impatiently, and it’s obvious to all of us that he can’t wait until the car ride is over.
But the interesting thing is that when we head toward the hallway that leads to the garage, he automatically runs with us. Most of the time, we leave him in the house when we go into town, but we always wind up carrying him back into the house. He scrambles to jump into the car when we open the door, trying to make it in before we can catch him.
As I carried him back into the house one particular morning—after not shutting the door leading into the garage quick enough to stop Rusty’s mad dash to the car—I wondered why he was so desperate to go with us. There was no mistaking that he greatly disliked our car rides, but somehow he still willingly made his way toward the garage every time we tried to leave.
And I felt the Holy Spirit say, “He loves his family more than He dislikes car rides.”
Rusty would rather be with us in the dreaded car than be home alone without us, and that is so much like our relationship with God. God leads us into situations that are uncomfortable because He knows they will break and grow us. But many times, we avoid stepping out in obedience because we allow fear to cause us to disobey His will.
However, our love for God should greatly outweigh our dislike of the situation. If God’s presence is leading us onto an uncomfortable path, circumstance or choice, we need to trust that His will is perfect. And even if we don’t want to go, we have to be willing to say, “I’d rather be with God in the eye of the storm than be safe on the shore without Him.”
Questions: Is God leading you into an uncomfortable situation? Did you make a choice to have faith? How did God grow you when you finally let go of fear?
“Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe” (Mark 5.36 NIV).
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