I haven’t talked about my dog lately. Echo (I affectionately named him Wilbur, but my family vetoed that name. Isn’t it a cute name though?) will be a year old this month. He found us last October. He was a stray…probably dumped…and was sick. It took several months and SEVERAL hundred dollars to nurse him back to health, but now he is a happy healthy little boy.
This morning the alarm went off as usual at 4:50 a.m. (Let me recommend that you never get up that early. It’s just dumb). Echo hopped off the bed while I shuffled to the bathroom. When I walked back out I looked down at him and said, in my Mommy Voice, “Do you need to go potty? Do you? Do you? Let’s go potty. Come on. Potty.”
Echo turned a few circles and trotted off toward the sunroom. As we walked out, I noticed through the window that the wind was blowing. REALLY blowing. I opened the door and he started his customary low growl (he does that so that he is prepared to scare off any animals that might have dared to cross over into his territory while he was sleeping). So…he growled and shot out the door.
His front paws hit the patio. Lightning flashed. Wind howled. He did a superfast 180 and raced back into the house.
Mighty Hunter! Brave Warrior!
He sat by my feet looking out the door, up at me, and back out the door.
(Mommy Voice) “Go potty. Go on. Go. Gooooo. Go potty.”
He turned and walked back into the house. It didn’t matter than he NEEDED to potty. No way was he going to go out there into the scary outdoors.
So. What does this have to do with a Sunday devotion you ask?
Glad you asked!
Have you ever felt God calling you to do something? You know, He laid something on your heart. Maybe…to volunteer in the nursery at church…or invite your neighbor for a barbeque…or give money to a family in need…the list is too long for me to name—but I know you get the idea.
So, God has told you He wants you to do something. You get all excited about it. You commit to it. You plan to do it. You go to do it—and—Panic strikes. Anxiety moves in. Suddenly, you want to run away and forget what God has told you. You know you should do it, but you just can’t force yourself to move forward.
Luckily, we don’t have to do anything alone! When God tells us to do something, He never ever expects us to walk to it or through it alone. Instead of standing by watching while saying, “Go” (Like I did to Echo…I didn’t want to get wet!), He says, “Go”, and then holds you by the hand filling you with the power and the courage to do it.
Is God speaking to your heart to “Go” or to “Do”? Trust him! He will be with you!
Deuteronomy 31:6 (AMP) Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (AMP) Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
Jeremiah 29:11 (MSG) I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP) For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.
Lisa Bull sees her life as a journey along God’s divine plan. While considering herself an expert on nothing, she enjoys laughing and has made “choosing joy” her motto. Lisa has experienced God’s unfailing love and grace in her life and wants nothing more than for others to enjoy that same gift in their lives.
Lisa is the daughter and granddaughter of ministers. She has multiple relatives in ministry on both sides of her father’s family including several pastors, pastor’s wives, and missionaries. In fact, ministry in her maternal grandmother’s family can be traced back several generations. She loves being a wife and mother of two terrific young men.
Visit Lisa at mommalisaof2-LISA’S PERCEPTIONS