Listen to God, Not Your Doubts
RAMBLINGS from Lacy’s dad [with snippets from her big brother] – Lacy and her brothers look like fish when they swim in our pool. When they were younger, they would stay in it for hours, getting out only long enough to eat, and then back in they went! [Mom would always call it “feeding the fishies” whenever we would come up to the edge for a morsel or two!]
I am a lousy swimmer. You might see me swim across our pool, but you will not see me attempt to swim across a lake. Growing up, mom would not let us near water [or wear shoes indoors]. We did not take swimming lessons. We were insulated from any water other than a bath.
You see mom has a terrible fear of water. I forget the story now, but it seems that she had a near death experience with it growing up. She has carried that trauma with her all her life. The funny thing is right across the street from us lived dad’s brother, Uncle Roy. His wife, Aunt Bonnie, was a lifeguard growing up. All of their kids could swim early on. They even had a lake out behind their house. [Wait, there’s a lake back there?!?! Nana!!]
So what did this country boy who could barely swim do? Fell in love with a girl who loves water…practically has webbed feet. When we met, her parents had a boat in Hilton Head. I went with them twice on it down to Ft.Lauderdale! We have been on numerous cruises and she even drug me out and snorkeled in the Caribbean. And yes, we put a pool in our back yard! Kris had the kids taking swimming lessons before they were old enough to go to school.
We can have fears that limit us. We can even be fearful enough to let them limit our kids. What do you think would have happened if Abraham’s dad said “Don’t go!!” and Abraham had listened to him? Luckily, neither happened. Abraham heard God, obeyed Him never looking back.[What would have happened if, when I asked to go to Peru for the first time, my parents had said no because of the danger? I wouldn’t have been able to see God impact people’s lives and probably wouldn’t be the same person I am today.]
It’s easy to listen to our doubt, especially if we aren’t in a quiet enough place to listen to God.
We need to be careful not to let someone else’s doubt, become our own. And we especially need to be careful not to let our doubt, become our kids!…
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6 ESV)