First Covenant Church
As the wind blew and the temperature plunged, the snow hit my face as if like tiny little ice pellets. My fingers in gloves, my face wrapped in a shawl, yet there was no keeping out the cold. Snow so deep that with every step, I lifted my knee to my chin in order to move forward. Why do my toes feel like frozen stumps?
That was my journey one wintry night as I walked from my vehicle stuck in a snowbank to the house, one quarter mile. An ordinary man would never have survived this adventurous journey. J
But I’m no ordinary man I told myself as the lights in the house dimly pierced the snow and darkness. I am indestructible, invincible, courageous, and all those other adjectives that describe me as a man. Maybe dumb would be one of those descriptive adjectives.
So, there I am about to overcome all that nature could hurl against me. I’m almost to the door. I look like the abominable snowman. Coat, hat, shawl, boots, all the things that make me look bigger and puffier than I already am in real life. Out of nowhere my own dog is suddenly coming at me as if I was an avenging intruder. I trained him to “guard,” but not me!! “Poncho! Poncho! It’s me.” I pulled the shawl off my face and in an instant he went from guard dog to my dog.
Sometimes in life, we hide who we really are. For some reason if we let our guard down, expose who we really might be, we feel vulnerable, exposed. Too many of us want to stay wrapped up within ourselves. No one recognizes us, not even our own dog.
Take a risk sometime and feel the rush of God’s love as you proclaim to someone who you really are. “I am the son of the Most High God!” “I am the daughter of the Most High God!”
That devil dog that’s been barking at your heels, will cower and run away. Can’t get any better than that!
Love to all,
© 2019 Allan Redenius, All Rights Reserved
Allan Redenius is the Pastor of First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. This blog reflects his love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, his whimsical sense of humor and his approach to life.