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Guide Dog Tale:Guided by the Master

 

Guided by the Master

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

Iva and I embarked upon a new adventure. A deep snow had blanketed our community, but it was melting fast. After two fun-filled days of playing in the snow, which Iva loves, I decided to venture out.

I don’t know about your neighborhood, but our city snow plows miss a lot. The warm sun had chased the ice away except for the multiple snowbanks left by the snow plows.

Iva went full steam ahead, happy to be walking again, but as she began crossing our first patch of snow, I hesitated. She noticed my reluctance as she looked back at me. Then she continued forward.

“Wait!” I exclaimed unsure of proceeding.

Iva knew I disliked the slippery spot we found ourselves on. She continued, but at a much slower pace until we reached the pavement again.

From that point on, Iva carefully guided me across multiple snowbanks, sometimes taking me around them. Iva and I had never worked together in this amount of snow. Usually the streets remain icy or filled with salt, which isn’t good for Iva’s paws. She was raised in Massachusetts by Racheal Belle, where snow was frequent. But Iva never learned to guide in the snow. She had been trained at Guiding Eyes from April to September, when snow wasn’t around.

Iva worked like a pro, guiding me across places I didn’t want to travel. Places that made me feel uncomfortable at best. Apprehensive and unsteady at worst.

God spoke to me as Iva directed my steps. He said, not audibly, “Carolyn, this is how I guide you, but you often want to put on your brakes. You don’t want to journey through the unknown. You pull back when the going gets rough. “

Iva was saying, not audibly, “Trust me, Mom. I’ve got this.”

And that is what God says to me too. Trust Me to direct your steps. Finances look bleak? Trust Me. You feel weak and inadequate? Trust Me. You have lost loved ones? Trust Me. Prayers aren’t answered fast enough? Trust Me. The enemy attacks? Trust Me. Stepping out in a new calling? Trust Me.

And God says that to you too. He wants us to trust whole-heartedly as He takes us by the hand and guides us across troubled waters. Half-hearted faith won’t do. Trust God with that stronghold. Trust God with that addiction. Trust God with that rebellious or wayward child. Trust God to walk you through grief, death, disease, depression, and peril.

Christians are guided by the Master. As the Israelites traveled to the Promised Land, they were led by a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire by night. Likewise, God goes before us, leading the way. Will we follow in faith, or will we shrink back in unbelief?

Copyright 2019 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Mary Did Know, Do You?

 

Mary Did Know…Do You?

By Carolyn Dale Newell

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Matthew 1:23 NKJV

How did this teenage girl know that the child she was carrying would not only be her Savior, but also the Savior of the world? Mary believed the angel Gabriel’s message when he spoke to her. Mary’s response to Gabriel demonstrated her vast knowledge of Old Testament Scriptures. Actually, she understood them better than most because she knew a day would come when Jesus would have to die.

Mary was troubled at the appearance of Gabriel, but it isn’t every day you receive a visit from an angel (Luke 1:29). His news may have come as a shock, but it was what every girl in Israel dreamed about.

When Gabriel explained to Mary that she was the blessed one chosen by God to give birth to the long-awaited Messiah, she was not frightened by the news. She rejoiced in what God was going to do.

Though people would not believe her, and they may scorn her, she knew she was giving birth to the King of kings and Lord of lords.

She recognized her babe as Immanuel, the God-Man, fully God and fully Man. Jesus Himself said, “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30).

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).

Yes, Mary knew, and she also realized she needed a Savior just like each one of us. We have all sinned, but our sins can be forgiven because Jesus paid the sin debt on Calvary’s cross.

A king was born in a humble stable, with animals to welcome Him into the world. He lived a sinless life, and He died a cruel death so we can be saved and have eternal life in heaven. Mary did know, but the question is: do you believe? Have you received Christ as your Lord and Savior?

Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? If not, God has made you aware of that. Why not seek forgiveness and accept His free gift of salvation today? Tomorrow may never come. We are not promised another breath. What an amazing gift that will be for your loved ones who have been praying for you.

Lord, I confess that I am a sinner. I believe that You came to this earth, born of a virgin, and You died to pay for my sins. Cleanse me of all sin, and set me on the right path to serve You. I need You as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Luke 1:29-38.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Christmas is a time of miracles. The greatest gift we’ve been given is the free gift of salvation. Who can you share the gospel with today?

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.