The Intentional Marriage ~ June 2011
Extenuating Circumstances

Weekend Devo — Our Faithful Travel Companion

Shasta The other day I took our dog for a walk. Shasta is a strong dog, so much so that we have to use a lead leash in order to keep her from pulling us down the street when we walk her.

On our usual route we approached a house under construction. A yellow caution tape blocked off one area but had come undone and part of it now laid on the sidewalk, undulating slightly in the breeze. I didn't think anything of it until we got closer and our 35 lb. mini brute suddenly cowered like her miniature poodle counterpart. She wouldn't cross the tape.

I had to get down to her level and speak calming words to her, then guide her across what she perceived to be a genuine threat. After we returned to business as usual, the thought struck me that we are often so like this (no, I promise I am not calling you a dog). We perceive something to be a genuine threat to our status quo. We grow fearful and resist moving forward.

But unlike me who didn't foresee an issue for our fearful pooch, God knows exactly what is going to affect us adversely before we even know about it. He's always present, helping us to navigate the treacherous paths to safety on the other side.

God's command from Joshua 1:9 is, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

This is a command and promise that shows up many, many times in the Bible. God wants us to believe this promise and trust Him. No matter what part of the journey we're on, rocky or smooth, He's with us all the way.

Praying and believing,

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