My friend, may I ask you a question? When God reaches out to us in times of trouble, when we need to be lifted up, or times when we may just need a hug, do you back away thinking that God really won’t help you anyway?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
There are many things our wiener dogs do that puzzle me, one in particular is backing up when we want them to move forward. You reach down to pick up them up, and they back up just out of reach. It seems like they would like to be in your lap, but they keep backing away the more you reach out. Most frustrating are those times a dog has been hurt or doesn't feel well and you reach out to comfort them. Escaping under these circumstances is truly unwarranted, but that's often what our wiener dogs do. Of course there are reasons dogs may do this. Some dogs see a reach down to them as an attempt to grab them by the collar; something many dogs equate with a correction. And, there are those dogs that move away because they don't want to be petted, for whatever reason. The behavior is explainable, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating when you're just trying to comfort or love the dog.
This type of common dog behavior can be quite annoying, but as they say dogs will be dogs. Nevertheless, are we any different when God reaches out to us in times of trouble, when we need to be lifted up, or times when we may just need a hug, and we back away thinking that God really won’t help us anyway even if we asked him to? Do we sometimes lead God on a hide and seek mission for no reason?
Here's a cute story that speaks to this. "A telemarketer called a home one day, and a small voice whispered, "Hello?" "Hello! What's your name?" Still whispering, the voice said, "Jimmy." "How old are you, Jimmy?" "I'm four." "Good, Is your mother home?" "Yes, but she's busy." "Okay, is your father home?" "He's busy too." "I see, who else is there?" "The police." "The police? May I speak with one of them?" "They're busy." "Any other grown-ups there?" "The firemen." "May I speak with a fireman, please?" "They're all busy." "Jimmy, all those people in your house, and I can't talk with any of them? What are they doing?" "Looking for me," whispered Jimmy. (The Jokesmith, quoted in Bits & Pieces, April 1, 1993, pp. 3-4.)
In Matthew 11:28 Jesus invites us to seek him out when we are burdened or troubled: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Seems like an easy and comforting solution to any problem in life–right? That’s what it’s meant to be. We come and he comforts. Pretty basic remedy for loneliness, sorrow, pain or stress. Yet, how often do we back away from him, even hide from him, because, like those wiener dogs, we misinterpret what he’s offering or simply don’t believe he’s genuine in what he offers. When Jesus stretches out his hands for you to grasp, he will never pull back. We need to reach out as well with backing up not a viable option to moving on with our lives.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for reaching out to help us when we hurt, are burdened by the stress of this life or are just not having a good day. Forgive us when we chose to back away from your outstretched arms because we don’t believe that you really will help us or, worse yet, think that you can’t. May we always reach for you when you reach for us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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