Today we have the honor of having my mom Pam Sigmon write for us on the blog. She has recently finished writing a Bible Study on life lessons from her dog Macy. Below is an excerpt from one of the topics she discusses in her Bible Study. Enjoy!
If a picture paints a thousand words, a video must paint 10,000! I recall a television program of a dog trainer working with puppy owners to help their puppies overcome fears. One puppy was afraid of trashcans, so the owner had to practice walking her dog through a maze of trashcans. Another dog went hysterical every time her owner ironed her clothes. I’m not sure which is worse: practicing walking through trashcan mazes or practicing ironing! The interesting thing about fears is how ridiculous the fear seems to others looking in from the outside. But to the one who is afraid, the fear can result in paralysis or frantic panic, like it did for those puppies.
My puppy Macy, however, is fearless! In training class, she was as high energy with the big dogs as with the little. Macy’s best dog-friend, Buck, is three times her size. Her favorite pastime is playing rough with him. I have not seen Macy cower from anything!
What about you? Do you allow fears to paralyze you or send you into a frantic frenzy, like the puppies I saw on TV? Or do you take on anything, no matter the magnitude, with the attitude of an overcomer like Macy? Chances are your answer is “both”. There are those situations in which we remain calm and in control, perhaps through faith or through experience or maybe even through ignorance of what is really at stake. But we all have those areas where we allow fear to keep us from living a happy, joy-filled life like Macy has alongside Buck.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10 ESV
False Evidence Appearing Real (F.E.A.R.)
Several years ago, while rocking my son, I had an unforgettable moment with God. As I rocked in a room illuminated by only a nightlight, I saw above my son’s crib a shadow that was twice the size of the crib. I spent a few moments trying to figure out what object was creating that huge shadow, but I could not determine from the shadow alone. I began to study the path of the light and the shadow, discovering it was a doorknob! In that quiet room, God began to teach me.
- “The shadow is always bigger than the reality.” The unreal, the imagined, the things yet to come seem daunting—usually even more than the reality.
- “The shadow is distorted.” It did not even look like a doorknob. The fears in our lives are often distortions of reality.
- “If you focus on the doorknob rather than the shadow, it’s not as scary.” By focusing on the reality of God’s greatness, perhaps our fear over the perceived or imagined would grow insignificant.
- “If you stood up, walked to the light switch and flipped it on, the shadows would immediately and completely disappear.” Our actions can move us toward the Light of Christ that is so powerful, no darkness can prevail!
Let’s take a stand today, move to action and switch on the Light of God’s truth! Let God’s light obliterate the darkness! Live fearless, like Macy alongside Buck!