I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Job 42:2
Our dog is an escape artist.
It’s not really a matter of if she’ll get out of the backyard; it’s when and where. Especially when she can hear a dog on the other side of the fence in one of the neighboring yards…then there’s really no stopping her. This weekend, at the suggestion of several friends, Clay spent hours putting chicken wire along the ground up next to the fence all the way around the backyard in an attempt to stop her. He stapled the wire to the fence itself. And each time he took a break, no matter how short, she escaped. Even when he thought he was finished, she escaped again. Turns out, she’s a lot smarter than a chicken. I caught up with her when she’d already managed to pull hard enough to yank some staples out…
Now that’s determination. It reminds me of that song, “Goin’ on a Bear Hunt” that elementary school music teachers used to use to kill time and get an entire group of children to sit Indian style (if I’m supposed to say Native American style now, sorry ’bout that). Each time the hunters encounter an obstacle – tall grass, yucky mud, a dark forest- the lyrics say, “Can’t go over it. Can’t go under it. Gotta go through it.” Well, whoever wrote that song should have taken our dog on that bear hunt, because there’s nothing she doesn’t think she can go over or under. In fact, before you even finished singing, “Can’t go under it,” she’d be on the other side looking back at you like you’re an idiot.
The thing is, our dog’s instinct is to dig and to hunt. It’s not that she’s trying to make our lives difficult; in fact, by putting her in a fenced yard lined with chicken wire, we’re preventing her from doing the things that she is innately created to do.
Job recognized that God’s purposes can’t be stopped. But we try hard sometimes, anyway, don’t we? Lots of us don’t even have to get up close to the fence before we turn around. We see it in the distance, and give up before we even get started. Or, with good intentions to follow God in obedience, we take off on a journey, and then when difficulty comes, we think we must not have heard Him correctly. The smallest obstacle gets in our way and we think, “Oh well, must not be God’s plan.”
Granted, it’s hard at times to discern God’s voice from our own ideas and determination. But there are some things we don’t ever need to question. Does God want you to tell people about Him? Yes. Does He expect you to serve Him in the ways that He has uniquely gifted you to do so? Yes. Is there any obstacle that He will accept as a valid excuse for your disobedience to His call or His commands? No
What can’t you be stopped from doing because of your relationship with God? What has He innately created you to do? Take courage and get busy; His purposes can’t be thwarted.