I was. I was this close to this alligator. Oh, I realize he wasn’t a really big alligator, but I was still this close. I took this picture with my iPhone, no telephoto lens involved.
He could’ve reached out and chomped off my arm in a heartbeat. But he didn’t.
In fact, he didn’t even flinch. He blinked a few times, but he kept staring at me with those reptilian eyes. Maybe it had something to do with the thick glass between us at the aquarium.
Yeah, I’m sure that was it. Because he did look like he would like to chomp off my arm.
Don’t we sometimes tempt temptation like we had aquarium glass between us and it? Na-na-na-na-na! You can’t get me!
He’s waiting to get you.
Don’t give in. Put out your hand and feel the glass. God’s got you.
I knew it!
This is why I avoid the Sushi line at restaurants.
Seriously, do you avoid food when you’re not sure of the origin–or even its provenance just before it showed up in front of you?
We found this can, along with a lot of others at our local grocery store–on sale–all expired.
Ummm, no thanks.
For me, life is full of spam, and I don’t mean the junk mail kind. Full of uncertainty, unknown futures, unexplored consequences.
I want the good kind of change in my life, but my fear of the results makes me hesitate. Even worse, my fear of that period before the results gives me the shivers. I don’t know what kind of changes my body or my mind will experience to get to the goal. It’s the journey I fear. (And I call myself an adventurer.) Truly, trusting God and living by faith requires stepping–no, leaping–out of our comfort zones. Free falling.
So, why do we fear these changes that we think God is going to ask of us? Why are we convinced that he’s going to make us uncomfortable? (Maybe because we get it that to become more like him we have to let go of sin, and prior to doing that, we’ll have to admit to some of it? Yeah, probably.)
Mostly it’s about priorities. God wants nothing between us. His desire for us is a perfectly sweet and loving relationship. Take the best relationship moments you’ve ever known and multiply them times a zillion. That’s God’s love capacity. Our capacity–not so much. So he asks us to examine our own hearts, to find out where our priorities are:
- What do I think about most?
- What do I talk about the most?
- What do I do with my time?
- What do I escape to?
- What do I pray about?
It’s not that the journey is meant to be painful, it’s just that sometimes the unknown is a feast, when we’re used to Spam.
Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before me.”