Cuddles, one of our two Miniature Pincher dogs, always seems to want to understand what is going on. She will watch what we are doing and cock her head to the side, with her eyes piercing ours, as if she was trying all her best to know what is going on. Perhaps she is thinking that her people are really goofy, I don’t know, but it seems as if her mental wheels are spinning when she focuses and looks at us like that, at least my humanizing of the canine would think like that!
Recently my husband was going to fix a leaking kitchen faucet. He got all the materials together to do the job and then opened the cabinet under the sink. In Cuddles’ mind, this was a perfect opportunity to help Daddy!
You are not aware of the step of faith this is for her. This cabinet houses the dreaded garbage disposal, and each time I turn it on, she will come running from wherever she is in the house and bark at it. When it stops, she walks off as if she had killed the monster that was threatening Mommy. This time, though, she had Daddy with her, and she was proud to stand side by side with him.
Getting into the nitty-gritty of the issue under sink, Daddy was leaning far forward, and Cuddles was standing close to him, with eyes forward as if she were inspecting or monitoring his actions. Even a flash bulb would not divert her attention from Daddy and the cabinet.
At this point, she really was trying to assist him because now her front paws were on the floor of the cabinet. She was absorbed in trying to understand what he was doing. But, she couldn’t help, and she did not know what was going on. Her inquisitiveness had to yield because it was just beyond her ability to comprehend.
These pictures present a sort of image of me and God. There have been times that I felt just like Cuddles. I want to help, to do something, but I just can’t understand what needs to be done. God is working in my life, but I don’t comprehend what I am supposed to do; I don’t know where He is leading, I don’t know why something painful happened.
Can you relate? Perhaps all is well, and you are not peering under the cabinet for answers now, but you have done so at some point in the past. Or, perhaps you are now seeking answers as you are under the protection and guidance of your Heavenly Father, but you are wondering where He is leading you, or why your circumstances have changed.
Perhaps you are trying to understand why a dreaded disease has attacked your child or spouse, or yourself. Perhaps you are trying to understand why a beloved family member was taken from you too soon, or why your dream job came crashing down when the company closed.
There are too many scenarios to list, and each of us has to deal with situations and problems that come our way, seemingly with virtual regularity.
But, Beloved, know that our Heavenly Father has written us a love letter, the Holy Bible. It details what God’s plan is and how we are to live.
“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
It tells of His provision of a Savior to atone for our sins so that we can have an abundant life now and eternal life with Him after death envelops our body.
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
And, God has given us His Holy Spirit to quicken our hearts which are dead in sin, Who then speaks to us and opens our eyes so that we can understand the Bible as we read it, and Who guides us in prayer.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
Beloved, you don’t need to peer into the cabinet of the future in fear. You don’t need to cock your head to the side and wonder what God has planned for you. You don’t need to be in panic when something comes at you out of that cabinet, God has you in His hand and He is omniscient and omnipotent.
There is one reality and God knows it in its entirety, as it exists by, through, and for Him. This omnipotent God has said that if you seek Him, He will be found.
“I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.”
“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
Just as Cuddles tried to understand but could not, some things are simply beyond our capacity to understand; but even those difficult things are not outside God’s control or knowledge. As a child of God, as a Christian, you are secure, and you are the child of the Omniscient, Omnipotent God of all creation. Trust Him and obey His Word. Him and He shall be found.
Father, thank You for giving us little animals who can remind us of eternal principles. Thank You for Your Word, for Your Son, and for Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for salvation and for the promise of life eternal through Jesus Christ my Lord. May these words be encouraging and of comfort to those who read them.
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Thanks for those kind words, Bruce. Yes, I think one of the clearest demonstrations of the disparity between God and man is the attribute of God’s Omniscience. He knows all things even before they occur, we don’t know what the heck happened even when we see it occur. He certainly doesn’t need us to tell him anything, He just wants us to trust Him because in that way we can be blessed. We won’t be stressed out and fretting all the time, worry and anxiety will be cast aside. We are to trust. The problem is that it is easier to say (and type) than to do. But the answer, even then, is simply to trust! Blessings to you, my blogosphere brother in the Lord.
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Hi Linda, I see you’ve been listening into my prayers. Having understanding is something that I pray about a lot …. and I keep getting the same response back, Trust Him. Of course, I would also like to have the understanding AND trust Him. I know that He is in control, I know that all things work together for good for those that love Him, I know I am secure in Him but there’s still that part of me that wants to know What, Why, Where, When and Who. So you’re not alone. Somehow I can’t help but think that God created us this way on purpose, to learn, to understand but most importantly, to know our own limits and trust in Him. I also take solace in knowing that one day, I shall know as I am known. Knowing God’s will for us at the present moment is a biggie and yet the options He gives us are relatively simplistic, Trust Him and move forward with what He has put before us. I think a lot of times we have our eyes focused on building a big building when in fact God needs us to learn how to put up a pup tent (no pun intended). Excellent post ! Grace and blessings!