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Trust Me, You Don’t Want This

Just last week I was slicing up jalapeno peppers for a chili dinner, when my youngest cat, Kiwi, hopped onto the table nearby. She was eyeing the peppers, and in typical Kiwi-fashion, began meowing for the food I was handling.

Kiwi’s always had a healthy appetite, but she never had a jalapeno pepper before, and for good reason. As a conscientious cat owner, I’ve made sure I don’t feed my cats anything that could hurt them, such as a spicy pepper.

But Kiwi doesn’t know this, all she knows is that mom has food, and she wants it!

Her meows became more strained and I couldn’t help but laugh. “Trust me, baby kitty,” I said. “You don’t want this.”

But that didn’t stop the begging, she meowed more, as if saying, “No, mom, you don’t understand, I REALLY want that thing there and it’ll make me so happy, I promise, PLEASE!”

I just shook my head. There was no way for me to indicate to my darling cat that this jalapeno would be spicy and taste awful. It wasn’t as if I could sit her down and rationally explain this to her.

All I could say was “Kitty, please trust me.”

To which she eventually responded to by stopping her begging and going off to find something else to do.

I suddenly wondered if that’s how God sometimes feels with us. He wants to give us good things as a loving Heavenly Father, but when we ask for things that could hurt us, he must say no.

There may be times when we can’t fully understand why he won’t allow us to have or do something, but that’s when we need to trust that He’s good and knows what he’s doing.

Matt. 7:9-11

Copyright 2016 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.

Dealing with Doubt

Doubt is one feeling that causes untold shame.

You want to believe something, but…that feeling keeps niggling in the back of your mind. Can I trust her? Will this work? I don’t think I’m strong enough.

When you doubt (because you will at some point), sometimes you feel guilty. Perhaps it is the truth, but you can’t shake the feeling that weighs you down.

Sometimes, you’re worried about sharing your doubt with others, afraid they might ridicule you for your unbelief.

But let’s face it, everyone doubts. You doubt whether or not your life is going in the right direction, whether or not dear friends can be trusted, or even if God exists.

Don’t be afraid. Share these feelings with God. John Baptist, the one who baptized Jesus and saw the light and voice from heaven even doubted Jesus.

When he was imprisoned, John sent messengers to Jesus, asking him “‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” (Luke 7:20 NIV)

By this time, Jesus had healed many diseases, and even raised someone to life. John knew and had seen some amazing things. Jesus had every right to say something like “Of course I’m the one’s who’s to come! You’ve been preaching about me, and even baptized me. How could you forget?”

But He didn’t.  He replied saying, “The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.  Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me” (7:22-23).

Jesus is much more gentle, and reminds John of all the things He’s done.

Don’t feel ashamed when you doubt. It happens to all of us. Just be open with God, and listen to what He has to say.

Copyright 2012 by Molly Anderson. Use by permission only.

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