This weekend we went to the opening of Petco---you know, sing it with me, "Petco, where the pets go." Big dogs and little dogs, all of them ate free treats and their servants uh, hum...were given bags of toys and sample foods for them to bring home. Contests for the best dressed, biggest, littlest....okay you get the idea.
In the back of the store, they set up a photo shoot, just for the dogs. A tall white cloth background hung down and draped onto the floor. I watched as proud servants, uh, owners tried to get their pet to stay still for the photo.
One dog was terrified. He struggled pulling away with his tail tucked and eventually messed up the cloth. I didn't watch to see the end. These owners just wanted a special memory moment of their dog, but he didn't understand. He was scared of the draping cloth and that his family was not standing with him.
"'I'll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,' we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I'm fearless not matter what. Who or what can get to me?" Hebrews 13 :5-6
When God leads toward unfamiliar territory and I balk and pull back, I must appear to Him as this dog did with his photo shoot. I must trust His loving hand and step out on the white drape. Even if He lets go of my leash for a moment, I know His plan is just, and He's right beside me, even if I don't feel it so.
Are you in a strange place? What keeps you tethered?