When Bare Teeth are after your Behind

What would you do if during a leisurely stroll down the street, you are suddenly accosted by the bare teeth and vicious growls of two Dobermans? My first reaction would be to run away as fast as I could!

Or would it?

It was a beautiful Spring day in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I had been in a training seminar all day and was longing for some fresh air. As soon as we were dismissed from class, I headed out for a leisurely stroll. None of my classmates wanted to join me. They preferred to satisfy the growling sensations in their stomachs and were all headed for the cafeteria!

I was thoroughly enjoying the scenery. What a pleasant change from the stuffiness of the classroom! First I admired the meticulous lawns of a nearby golf club, along with its majestic trees, its picturesque fountain, and its manicured lakes. Then I decided to walk to the top of one of the surrounding hills, where I anticipated being able to enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding area. As I was climbing the street that led to my destination however, I was stopped in my tracks by the sound of running feet (or should I say, "running paws"). Two vicious-looking black Dobermans appeared out of nowhere, their teeth bare as cruel growls escape from their throats. It seemed to me that these dogs were only made up of teeth, and those teeth soon had me surrounded: one set in my face, the other behind me! Help!!!!

Because I seriously doubted that these two attackers had any benevolent intentions on my behalf, I quickly searched the horizon for any source of rescue. To my dismay however, there were no knights in shining armour in the immediate surroundings. In fact, there weren't even any climbable trees! I was left completely to my own devices! There was nothing for me to do but to run! Fast!

Just as I was on the verge of beginning my sprinting career however, I heard a still, small voice telling me to not be afraid. I wondered where that voice came from. I was not a born-again Christian at that time, and was not familiar with God's voice.

Again the voice appeared within me, strongly urging me not to run.

But I wanted to run! My only recourse was to get away from this place as quickly as possible!

The voice continued to insist: "Stay calm! Everything is under control!"

But as I looked down at the growling, monstrous teeth surrounding me, I wasn't so sure! "How can I stay calm?" Screamed my thoughts. "I have two Godzillas surrounding me, and they are looking for a snack!"

The voice continued to insist that I stay calm, and I was suddenly overwhelmed with the feeling that I should look them in the eye, hold out my hands in front of me, and calmly say, "It's okay! I'm not a threat to you!"

I was unsure what to do. My instinct was to run, but this calm, appeasing voice suggested doing something that was against my own nature. I decided to follow the advice from the voice. After all, I was pretty sure those dogs could run faster than I could anyway! Amazingly, I left the hill unharmed. After a couple of minutes of backing away from the dogs, they looked the other way and ran on to some other hapless victim: A poor rabbit!

I could have been dog food that day, but thanks to that deep inner voice that I now know personally as God's Holy Spirit, I was spared the horrible experience.

Sadly enough, this incident didn't bring me any closer to God. I was too filled with ambition, selfishness and self-destructive habits. However Jesus did not give up on me and continued to patiently reach out to me.

As I read Matthew 28, I am comforted to notice that the first words the angel spoke to the women coming to Jesus' tomb were this: "The angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid.'" (Matt 28:5 NIV)

These same words were the first words pronounced by Jesus after His resurrection: "Jesus said to them, 'Do not be afraid.'" (Matt 28:10 NIV)

And then it hit me. Since Jesus' triumphant resurrection, we have absolutely NO reason to be afraid!

Why not?

"Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.'" (Matt 28:18 NIV) We have no need for fear because Jesus is now the supreme ruler. The one who conquered death lives in us and gives us victory! "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matt 28:20 NIV); and "The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Cor 15:56-57 NIV)

Gnarling vicious teeth? Nothing to be afraid of! Listen to God's quite voice and follow His advice. He will bring you through the most tempestuous situations.

"Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart." (Ps 91:3-4 NIV)

Do I hear the rushing of paws?

Rob Chaffart

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