Thursday, March 3, 2011

He Knows Best

Our dog hates the cold, and if the grass is wet, forget it. You have to toss him into the yard first thing in the morning for him to get his business done. And it’s both businesses he has to do that time of day, if you know what I mean.

When we first got him, we thought he could tell us if he had to do business 1 or business 2 or just one or the other. NOT SO. We learned the hard way that even if he returns after business 1 without having accomplished business 2, we should NOT let him in the house. If we didn’t demand he do both, pretty soon, there on the floor was the mess of business 2.

But Jack doesn’t know himself. He doesn’t know what’s best for him.

This morning, he shivered in our chilly temps from the moment I let him outside. Reluctantly he accomplished business 1, but then wandered back to the patio and stood there shuddering, looking up at me as if I should rescue him (let him back inside) before accomplishing what I knew must come next.

Finally, I had to chase him into the yard with the command and he took care of everything. Whew! Now I could let him back inside, where I knew he’d warm up and stop the violent shivering.

Was it fun to watch him resist what needed doing, even as he suffered? No.

Was I tempted to let him inside so he could warm up? Yes.

Did I worry what the neighbors might think, if they could make out his full-body quaking from the cold? Yes.

Did I know what was best for him (and our carpet)?? Yes.

Oh, so many parallels to our human experience with God. He’s sovereign, and He’s good. He can see what we can’t. And He knows there are no shortcuts. He knows us better than we know ourselves. If we don’t go with His plan, we’re likely to make a mess in our lives somewhere.

So, look to Him. Don’t look for shortcuts.

Trust Him to know you better than you know yourself.

Believe He’s good, even if he asks you to go the difficult route. It’ll work out.

Standing there waiting for our dog this morning, I considered the size of his brain—his intellect/wisdom/understanding/knowledge is so far inferior to ours. Same’s true of us compared to God. He gives us understanding, or we’d have none. So, ask for wisdom. Then follow and trust.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9, NKJV)

Things’ll work out better in the end. And you’ll be glad you followed.


Love said...

nice:) i am in love with you:P


but u sound so much like me... and well although i do know he has my best inetrest... i still end up living my way... and wat he doesnt do is interfere... which i wud have liked... when he wud juts take my hand and put me on the right track... sometimes though i feel he does, i cry a bit and then i am having fun again...:)

Annette M. Irby said...

You're right, "Love," He doesn't always interfere. We have free will. What helps, though, is having His Holy Spirit living within us. Have you invited God to live in you? Jesus died for your sins so you could be forgiven. When you accept His gift of salvation, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of you. Then, He will help you live for Him. He guides us and shows us how to live through the Bible. God bless you.