Our 7 week old puppy Daisy was still learning her way around our house. The stairs to our second story were and still are scary – she was scared of the fireplace. The hardwood floors scared her as she would slip on them. For the first couple of days even her food dishes were scary.
We worked with her and helped her through her little fears, which seemed very small to us. We trained her to use her doggie door – although she was scared of that at first too. We would patiently sit by her and coax her. We would go outside on the deck and wait for her to do her business – over and over again until she was more comfortable and would go running through the door without us.
The second day we brought her home – I was exhausted and really needed a nap before teaching that afternoon. I brought one of her little beds from Greg’s office and put it beside my bed in hopes that she would see me in the bed above her and all would be well. Greg built little puppy stairs at the foot of our tall bed for her – but until then she had been too afraid to use them. So I knew she would feel safe just seeing me in the bed next to her and go to sleep.
But before I knew it – this scared little puppy saw me go into the bed and quickly jumped up – with a force that overturned her little bed – barked, cried and shook – sized up the menacing stairs at the foot of the bed – and then – she took a running start and ran up those stairs!
Love had conquered that day. Her strong desire to be with me outweighed her fear.
I realized that many of us live in an unhealthy place of fear – instead of in a comfortable place where love motivates our hearts and guides every choice we make. Even the scary ones.
Many times I have allowed my fear to keep me bound in a place where I feel safe – but it is not necessarily where I want to be – nor the place where God has called me to be.
Love needs to be the place of highest motivation – and like our puppy who loves me more than her fear, I need to be letting my love for God be stronger than my fear of trusting Him.
When was the last time your love was greater than your fear? When was the last time God asked you to trust Him – and because you loved Him that much – you simply did?