Burrows and Bereans

A burrow and two goats now live on the other side of the fence behind our house. I am enjoying having them back there – talking to them when I’m in the back yard, hearing the goats bleat, watching their activity. One of the first nights the burrow was back there, it must have been sleeping by the fence. Our neighbor pulled out of his garage to go to work early in the morning before sunrise and his truck startled the poor burrow.

Out of the blackness by the fence came a VERY loud and unearthly screech followed by a couple loud short brays – poor burrow!! It has not been near that part of the fence since!!

How many times do I get startled by something that happens in my life and let out a “screech” to God? And God, in His ever loving patience, has to tell me, “It’s OK – it’s only _______ .  I have it all under control – just relax and trust Me.”

I am so very glad that God is God and I am not!! I’m also so very glad that He is such a big God who can handle anything, big and small, and that there is absolutely nothing that He is not aware of, that does not fit into His plan for my good and His glory.

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I wish I were more like the Bereans than the burrow.

“And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.” (Acts 17:11)

I long for days when I am more open-minded and eager like the Bereans to search God’s Word rather than to listen to my own anxieties and concerns. But God is patient with me – He never seems to tire of reminding me of His love, providence, and grace.  He even gives me a startled burrow over the back fence as a reminder!!  His Word prompts me not to listen to the truths the world preaches, nor see life’s circumstances through my very narrow and limited vision.  Instead, He grants me peace by reminding me of His promises.

“Dear Abba, how awesome it is that I can call you Abba!  Thank you for loving me so!!  LORD, keep me in Your Word so that I may know Your truth always.  Thank you, Abba, for reminding me to relax and trust in You – no matter what!  In Your powerful name I pray – Amen!

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