No More Toxic Frogs!

“You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’

—but not everything is good for you.” 1 Corinthians 10:23

Gus's Diary entry, August 15, 2017: Note to self: No more frogs! Those things are toxic! Who knew? I don’t care how tasty and fun they are, nothing is worth feeling like this. Last week I brought one into the house to play with, and holy cats! I never heard such noises coming from my humans before. OK…it did make me a little sick, but Mom freaked out and took me to that place…at night! I was so scared! The last time she took me there, I woke up wearing this huge plastic collar with soreness in some very suspicious places. As if puking my guts up wasn’t bad enough, they stuck me with a bunch of needles and probed my…privacy…it was awful. Anyway, this morning Mom gave me some magic water that tasted like chicken, and it made me feel all better. (I know, I know…tastes like chicken…right? But seriously…you can’t make this stuff up!) I don’t know what the big deal was; I feel fine now…I could’ve handled it.

You guessed it…my puppy, Gus, encountered something last night that made him sick as a…well…he is a dog, but you know what I mean! I’m not sure what he ate this time, but he fancies himself to be quite the hunter. Not long ago he ate most of a baby Blue Jay, and then barfed it up all over the kitchen floor. Last week he dragged a nasty dead frog into the living room, but I was able to get it away from him before he could really chow down. However, last night, after an hour and a half of almost continual vomiting, we made a “quick trip” to the Animal E.R. to spend the evening “monitoring” his condition, doing blood work and cooling our jets until it was determined they had no idea what was wrong. (FYI…there is no such thing as a quick trip to the E.R.) They finally gave him some anti-nausea medicine and sent us home, very late, tired and grumpy. The only sound in the car on our way home was my credit card whimpering. (Yes, I'm pretty sure it actually whimpered!)

I was reflecting this morning on last night's adventure and the horror of how quickly a perfectly healthy puppy can go from running around the backyard one moment, to what seemed like death’s door just two short hours later...just because he put something in his mouth…no big deal, right? If he only knew that some things he wants, might actually kill him. If he could just understand that I only deny him certain things because I love him and want him to enjoy a long, healthy and happy life.

God must see us like that sometimes as we follow our own whims, chasing things (and people) that are frequently damaging to us physically, emotionally and spiritually. Even though He has given us His Word and the capacity to understand it, we tend to ignore the warning signs and inflict damage to ourselves thinking it's no big deal. We avoid reading His Word because we think it will just give us more rules and restrictions that we don’t want to hear. If we could only see the wounds we are inflicting on our hearts and souls with those seemingly insignificant acts! If we only knew how completely God loves us, and if we could just envision the beautiful lives He wants to give us, we would have no problem trusting Him and obeying His every word.

In Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby wrote, “When you come to know God by experience, you will be convinced of His love. When you are assured of His love, you can believe Him and trust Him. When you trust Him, you will obey Him.”

All we have to do is trust, obey and rest in Him. It really is that simple.

Prayer: Father God, You are such a good, kind, gentle, loving and generous Father. Thank you for giving us the tools and information we need to have a completely happy and fulfilling life here. Holy Spirit, fill us with an ever-increasing awareness of Your presence, draw our hearts to You, and fill our hearts with a longing to know You. Teach us how to love You, and baptize us in Your love. You are the only One who can satisfy every longing, fulfill every desire, heal every hurt and reveal the Truth of Your infinite love for us. Help us to trust You and obey You more with each passing day until we see You face-to-face in Glory, in Jesus’ precious name we pray, amen.

Additional Scriptures:

O my people, trust in Him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62:8

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” John 10:10

“For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.” Proverbs 3:2

“The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.’” Psalm 32:8

“If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”

1 Corinthians 10:12-13

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