FUNNY, BUT NOT FUNNY!
A couple of days ago; my husband and I drove to our church office. It was quiet all round, but the next-door neighbour had his dog in with him. As there was a fence around his property, the dog was let loose inside the compound, but not on the street. Though within the compound, the dog was fierce and just would not stop barking. We then had an interesting situation that was funny, but not funny!
As we came out of the car, I was just going to run into our own building because the dog got more and more agitated and barked even louder. It was therefore a surprise to me when PE decided to taunt the dog! He went closer and started saying ‘hello doggy’ etc. I was surprised as well as shocked. I quickly got him to see the danger of his dog play.
What if the dog got angry and climbed over the fence to chase us? I was not just exaggerating, I had seen this happen in the past. As I said that, Eddie looked me straight and replied ‘That should not be a problem, as all I need is to outrun you – which I know I can do. The dog will then only have you to deal with’
As shocked as I was with that comment, I burst out laughing! And said, ‘you went to taunt a dog with the intention of the dog getting angry enough to jump the fence and go for someone else? It was not even just that – it was the fact that he was meant to be my protector and here he was, thinking of outrunning me and or feeding me to the dogs!
I looked him square and said – I wonder how you will explain that to my father who gave me to you almost 30 years ago; so you can continue where he stopped – in looking after me! It was such a funny situation as it reminded me of how my brother would get into trouble when we were younger, and all of us would get punished for my brother’s offences.
Sometimes, this seems to be how life plays out and the circumstances even look or feel unfair. Like when Achan took the devoted thing God told Israel not to take and the whole of his clan got punished for it. (read Joshua 7)
‘But the Israelites were unfaithful in regard to the devoted things[a]; Achan son of Karmi, the son of Zimri,[b] the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of them. So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel.’ Joshua 7:1
These things happen sometimes; but I can clearly share with you that God is still with you and will never leave you unattended or without help. Hear his word
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
God is always at hand to help and watch over you – be assured that irrespective of the happenings around you; you are designed to win.
God is on your side!
(You can read more from my older blog post here)