Meet My Dog Walle


Meet Walle, my 70 pound fuzzy dopey golden doodle. Walle has the best temperament of any dog I've ever owned. Despite his easy-going nature, however, he like most dogs does not like to be put on his back. This is a submissive position that goes against any animal's instincts. As his owner, though, sometimes I want to cuddle and give him a nice tummy rub, something that I know he will enjoy, so I pick him up and flip him over on his back.

This does not start out as a very graceful process, as you can see from the picture. Hilarious, but not graceful! His legs stick straight up in the air like sticks. He is obviously tense!




But then I start scratching behind his ears, talking softly to him, rubbing his belly and soon his body starts to melt. His legs fall down one at a time until he is completely at rest enjoying every minute of his spa treatment.




So I don't know if this is self-denigrating, but I many times see similarities between my dog and myself. Do I trust my Master? Enough so that I would let Him put me in an uncomfortable, submissive position? And do I even think of the possibility that He might want to bless me through that process? How do we become more receptive to God's leading and available for His blessings? Here's what I came up with.

1. Know your Master

Learn about God, His character, His ways.  In so doing, you will see that He is always faithful and always trustworthy. He loves you and always wants what's best for you. In fact, He is the only one in this world that is qualified to earn 100% of your trust. 

2. Surrender your steady footing

When you trust your Master, it's easier to let Him pick you up off your perfectly grounded feet and take you into an uncomfortable or unknown situation. You may be afraid or tense at first but trusting that He knows what's best for you will help you go against your instinct to run or fight. What would happen if you let Him put you into that room of wild girls and boys to teach Sunday school? Or call that new neighbor and invite her over for coffee? Or arm you with a spirit of humility to reconcile with a loved one?

3. Rest in His blessing

After you surrender to His leading, don't be surprised if He blesses you in abundance. Amidst the rambunctious Sunday school class, you might end up leading a child to Christ, that awkward phone call to your neighbor might result in a new best friend, what you thought was going to be a humiliating encounter ends up in a restored relationship with a loved one.

Now this doesn't mean that every time you let God do this it is going to have a pleasant outcome but one thing you can be sure of, it is always for His glory and your good.  One of the meanings of blessing is having a sense of God's presence. You can ALWAYS rest in that blessing. He is there beside you, always has been, always will be. So enjoy Him! Get to know Him, trust Him and don't be surprised if in so doing He blesses your socks off!

When have you been blessed by letting God take you into unknown territory? Leave a comment below and share with us.

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