So they complained to Moses by saying, “Give us water to drink!” Exodus 17:2
I was washing up dishes the other evening when I noticed that Bryan was acting strangely. He was crouched down, eyes wide and tail down. “What is it boy?” I asked. He turned and went to get in his chair. I did not think too much more about it, until the next morning. Bryan was taking much longer in the back yard than usual. I went through the gate and peered around the deck. Bryan was lapping up something. Concerned it could be a dead animal or maybe something someone had thrown in the back yard; I began calling him as I walked into the yard. For some inexplicable reason, he had dug a hole and was lapping up muddy water. I took him in and to the new water dispenser. I stuck my finger in the cool water and put it up to his lips. He licked but would not venture closer. Finally, after much cajoling he timidly approached the water. Once he tasted the coolness he began to lap faster and that is when it happened.
Bryan took off like a shot out of the kitchen. That big bubble had sent him skittering across the tile. I never thought that an eighty-pound dog would be afraid of air bubbles when I bought a new water dispenser over the weekend. I know that many of you, like me are laughing at Bryan for being afraid of the bubbles, but we are not that much different. Very few of us embrace change. Nor do we like it when God moves us out of comfort zone. Sometimes, for God to bless us or position us where he needs us, it means that things in our lives must change. The Israelites prayed for 400 years before God sent Moses to lead the them out of Egypt and to their own land. However, to get from the land of captivity to the promised land, there had to be some changes. Just like the Israelites of the Exodus, we too do not want to endure changes or adapt to something new.
Poor Bryan is so afraid of the new water dispenser that he prefers to drink muddy water out of the backyard than deal with something new. How many times have you, so afraid of change, settled for muddy water? I cannot count the times I have allowed my fear of change, failure or discomfort keep me from blessings or opportunities. Do not settle for muddy water, instead trust God to lead you, provide for you and strengthen you as you embrace the opportunities that come with change.
Typist for Jesus