Which god? God or god?
“Thou shalt have no other god before me.” (Exodus 20:3 KJV)
January 16, 2012
A neighbor was going to give him a piece of his favorite treat -
He got spooked -
He's probably thinking -
How can you put me in a situation where I'm afraid?
The good news -
He got across the street OK.
He then proceeded to run straight home.
I called my wife on the cell phone -
Of course -
I'm thinking -
It's now a few hours later.
I spent part of the morning dealing with a situation that caused me to get pulled over for expired license plate tags on the used car I just bought after my old one was totaled when someone turned left in front of me.
Ten years ago -
On the way to the dealer this morning, one of the songs playing was about how we should run to God with our problems -
The sermon this past Sunday was about stress -
And so I'm thinking about how this relates to Hachi running back home this morning.
He's mostly Chow Chow .
He's got one preferred person in his life -
and it's clearly me.
He was with me -
but he got scared -
and he ran home -
presumably to where he'd be safe -
where he knows I'll be (eventually).
So all these events -
I'm a human -
There's One preferred "Person" in my life -
it's God -
He was with me when all these things happened -
but I get stressed out over them -
and I run to Him -
where I know I'll be safe -
where I know He'll be (when I reach out to Him).
The thing is -
in Hachi's case -
I was right there with him -
all along -
but he ran away from me -
to get to me at home.
I wonder -
in my case -
I know God's right there with me -
through all of it -
but am I running away from Him in those events -
to reach out to Him in a safer place?
Wouldn't we both be better off reaching out for the "one" in the moment -
instead of waiting for a later time when it's already safer -
and the fear / stress of the moment is already reduced?
The answer -
of course -
This makes me wonder then -
While we're busy saying to God -
"How can you do this to me? "
when we think He's doing something to us and we're busy trying to "find" Him
How many times does He say to us -
"How can you do this to Me?"
when He's right there all the time and we're running off to try to find Him.
Sorry Lord -
I'll try looking right away -
where I am -
where You are -
right there -