GUIDE DOG TALES VOL 28

GUIDE DOG TALES VOL 28

By Carolyn Dale Newell

The unknown frightens us. We find ourselves in waters we have not traversed before.

Although my vision loss began at age seven, the rapid decline at age fifty stirred up fear. Life goes on after sight loss, but we do things differently, and until I learned the new techniques, I was on edge. Once I became proficient in doing things differently, it became natural. I discovered a new friend in a talking computer, and a black Lab.

Today, Iva and I faced a traffic problem. We raced through our route, and we were heading home at a slower pace. We approached an intersection with a car across the street. Iva stopped. We waited, and we waited some more. I raised up my sunglasses. I could tell the vehicle was not parked on the side of the street, but it was ready to pull out. There was no reason for it to continue sitting. I waved them on. I considered crossing, but I played it safe by giving them time to move. I motioned for them to go again.

Finally, I gave Iva the command to go forward. After crossing, we walked pass the idling vehicle. I shook my head in disbelief. Was the car unattended? Was the driver too engrossed in something that they were not watching their surroundings? What if another car pulled up behind them? A sighted person would have had insight into this, but Iva and I were clueless.

Sometimes life is like this confusing traffic situation. God knows what is going on in our lives, but we do not. I don’t like it when God keeps me in the dark. Maybe He has you there today. Is there something the doctors don’t understand? Are you facing unexplainable storms? Do you wonder why? What is this roadblock in your path?

We lack answers, and if you are like me, you struggle with that.

Christians are saved by faith. We live by faith. We trust God for everything, including the things we do not understand. We might not know the answers, but we have to confidently leave it in His capable hands.

Easier said than done. Living in calm beats living in chaos. We trust God to turn our chaos into calm.

When a driver abandons their car in the middle of the street, we must trust God. When life takes a turn for the worse, we must trust God. When the checking account hits zero, we must trust God. Isn’t it wonderful that we can rely on our divine Father to know what goes on in our crazy world?

Friend, whatever unknown faces you today, face it head on with God. Mr. Unknown, meet God. He will handle you.

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