Sometimes Trusting God Means Taking a Risk… a Lesson Learned through a Hungry Beagle

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 in Faith | 69 comments

It was Thanksgiving Day 2006, about six months after my baby Ben died.  Dinner was over, and I was in the kitchen cooking giblets on the stove for my sweet Beagle, Bella.  She was busy licking remnants of food off plates in the dishwasher and simply would not divert her attention to listen to my voice telling her I had something far better in store.  I knew she would find the giblets exceedingly more tasty and satisfying, but because of her current focus she was unwilling and unable to acknowledge my presence and my promise.  Bella was settling for a far less fulfilling option simply because it was right in front of her… it was what she was used to, and there was no risk involved.  But closer than she knew, I, her master, looked on her lovingly, holding in my hand a “blessing” beyond Bella’s most extravagant dreams.  But would she hear my voice and come to me to receive it?  

God was speaking to my heart as I hope He is to yours.  It is so easy to go through life sensing only the sights, sounds, pleasures and problems right in front of us–to fall into routines which are comfortable and habitual living that is “safe.”  But sometimes trusting God means taking a risk.  Especially as we head into such a busy time of year with Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, may we live every day willing to divert our attention from what is seen to what is unseen and listen for our Master’s voice (see 2 Corinthians 4:18).  God is probably much closer than we know, and in His hands He holds “giblets” for us more marvelous than we can imagine!  “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat from the best of the land…” (Isaiah 1:19).

In case you’re wondering, Bella did eventually hear my voice, come to me, and receive her giblets.  And boy, did her wagging tail and licking her chops express her gratitude and bursting joy!  Now she didn’t want to take her eyes off me, knowing I was the giver of the gift!  Of course this brought a smile to the face of her “mommy” who loves her more than she can understand.  Hmmm… reminds me of a Father you and I have, too.  So often God is made out to be the bad guy–the one to blame–when nothing could be further from the truth.  We have a heavenly Father who wants to lavish His love on us with His presence and His presents.  We need only listen, look, and let Him.


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