Just Out of Reach

“Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now)… – Romans 1:13a

It’s been a while since I’ve written about our dog Reb. But, God has taught me many life lessons through him, and I just picked up on another one.

You see, Reb likes to eat. He likes to eat his food, Hogan’s food, the cat’s food, people food, you name it he likes it. So, when Hogan leaves food in his bowl – he’s a nibbler – we have to put it up so Reb won’t eat it.

We don’t have to put it up high, or hide it, just out of reach and he will act like it isn’t even there. Some may think, “Well, that’s a dumb dog, or lazy, if he just stretched he could reach it.”

However, I think he’s pretty smart and we could learn a(nother) thing or two from him. You see, God will often put things which we don’t need, which aren’t good for us or for whatever reason out of our reach. But, how many times do we try to stretch, reach, climb, hurdle, back flip, tunnel or otherwise circumvent His way to get our way in order to reach that very thing? Then we (often) get mad at God when we suffer the consequences.

In the verse above Paul writes of his passionate desire to go to Rome, but God had placed it out of his reach – for the time being. He was finally allowed to go – in God’s time. (By the way, there were other places where God put Paul on hold or sent him in a different direction.)

At times, God places things out of our reach for our protection, sometimes it is just His way of saying, “Wait.”

Whatever His reason we need to listen and know His plans are great for us, always for our good and always for His glory.

Have you experienced this? Maybe you are going through it now.

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