My brother Jason recently acquired a dog. We don’t know a lot about Mutt’s past, but it appears that he has been mistreated. He is afraid of everybody. It took Mutt some time to get used to Jason, and he usually runs and hides in the back room whenever I come over for a visit.
However, Mutt is starting to warm up to me, if ever so slightly. A couple of weeks ago, Mutt actually came into the living room while I was there. He sat next to Jason, quivering with fear, but at least he could stand to be in the same room with me.
Today when I went to visit, I called for Mutt to come out from hiding and acknowledge my presence. He did, and, much to my surprise, he actually came over and licked my hand, if ever so briefly. Then he went to sit with Jason. This time, he didn’t seem to be trembling. I don’t think he is as afraid of me as he used to be. He might even come to like me if he gives me a chance.
This is the same way some people are with God. They have been hurt so badly in the past, they are afraid to come near to God. They may avoid all thoughts about God and try to hide from him. Occasionally these people get a little bolder and give God a chance. Slowly, they begin to trust him more. Hopefully, they will someday allow God to give them the love and protection they need.
Let’s try to help people understand that God wants to be on their side.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”—Jeremiah 29:11.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”—Psalm 34:8.