Backtracking to last Friday, I loved Cally’s post on God’s ability to fulfill His promises. Yet sometimes, as Kally Minter says, “God’s promises aren’t necessarily realized without struggle.”
Last week, Bernie and I assumed responsibility of two dogs. We were dog sitting his mom’s pug, Lucy and we have recently acquired ownership of my parents’ Irish water spaniel, Neely. (we call her “Needy Neely” because the girl loves attention)
We hated having to leave them home all day, so at night, we would take them to the beach so they could run around. We only live 1 1/2 blocks away from the beach, but getting them all ready to go and actually taking them from point A to point B, was quite the challenge. We had to harness them up, cross the street, and drag them along the road until we finally got to the beach.
When we arrived, the leashes came off and they were free. In both Lucy and Neely you could see their joy and excitement to see they had an entire beach all to themselves. They made it!
The joy they were now experiencing would never had happened without the initial struggle to get them there. They needed to be guided and led to the promise.
Each time we’ve gone, I’ve been reminded of God’s ability to guide us and lead us into His fulfilled promises. Sometimes there may be challenges en route, but once we get there, we’ve made it! We can rest in the fulfilled promises of our God!
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.”