And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. (Hebrews 11:39-40 ESV)
My devotional time was being disturbed by the snorting and gnawing of our little black terrier sitting at my feet. She seemed to be getting louder and louder and it was not just distracting, but downright disgusting!
Putting aside my laptop, I leaned over to see what on earth she was doing. The large chew bone she had been working on over the last few days was now so small she had the whole junk in her mouth. Perhaps she was sitting so near so that I could do the Heimlich if necessary!
A dog of very little brain, I held up a piece of cardboard to distract her and she immediately dropped the bone to investigate. With sleight of hand, I continued to keep her eyes on my flapping left hand and quickly snatched the choking hazard with the other. As I headed to the kitchen to dispose of it, I could see her sniffing the carpet for her treasured bone.
Ouch. My heart hurt a little bit to know I had robbed her – even if it was for her own good!
I returned with a piece of turkey from the fridge and the dry chip of bone was quickly forgotten as she ran off to eat the delicacy in private.
This made me recall how many times my Good Master has removed a choking hazard from my life. Oh how I would struggle and whine, wondering why He did so, only to find a bigger blessing awaited! We need to learn to trust Him when we are faced with losing ‘good’ stuff . . . God always provides us with something better.
Father, thank You for being such a Good Master and for removing things from our lives that would cause us grief and are not the best for us. Help us to bring to mind the many times in our pasts when You have provided something far better than we could even imagine. Help us to believe and trust you. Amen!