The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
Yesterday I posted the story of our dog Reggie. He was a great dog my family owned when I was a child. Two specific things came to mind as I was recalling the story. I started thinking about my father’s love for this dog. The lengths he went to save him. Not just once, but twice. My dad was determined to bring him home where he belonged.
The other thing that came to mind was Reggie’s fear. He spent over a year of his life in “fear mode”. After over a year of running, he became too afraid to trust. So, even when the solution (my dad) approached him and called out to him, his initial response was to run and hide. It wasn’t until Reggie found himself in a position where he could not run any where that he finally became willing to really listen to the voice calling to him.
This, of course, got me thinking. I started thinking about the times in my life where I’ve run from my Heavenly Father. In hindsight, I can see so many of the times in my life when God called my name and I ran away in fear. Eventually the choices I was making in life brought me to the point where I was forced to stop and listen, to really listen.
What I found when I finally reached this point was actually something I had been searching for all along. I found the peace and contentment that only comes when we are where we were always meant to be…safely at home with the Father.
Blessed is the man that takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8
I’ve been thinking a lot about this verse today. I am a mom to a six year old little boy who is a picky eater. He is very reluctant to try new foods. I have lost count of how many times I have said to him, “Just taste it…you won’t know if you like it or not until you taste it.” He is also a very strong willed child when it comes to food. Sometimes, I think that even as he is trying a new food he has already convinced himself that no matter what it tastes like- he is going to say he does not like it. He has already discovered the beauty of free will. The power to choose.
I like how the Message translates this verse “Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see- how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him.” I was thinking today that, as God’s children, we sometimes do the same thing with our Heavenly Father. He desires for us to taste the life He has to offer us and to experience all of His goodness. He so wants us to trust Him, to open our eyes and lay down our stubborn pride and eat from His banquet table. Just taste it…you won’t know if you like it or not until you really try it.