Beyond the Brush

By Pam Matney

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My friend Sheila was talking to me about her recent walk with her dogs in her neighborhood. Quiet streets, birds chirping, a light breeze surrounded with God’s craftsmanship. In a nearby elementary school’s park there are Japanese Honeysuckle’s growing everywhere, almost to the point where it is hard to see what’s in front of you.

Her dogs suddenly ran towards all the flowers to investigate what was beyond all the trees. Sheila decided to get on the ground, get dirty, find herself uncomfortable, and mussel her way through the brush to see what her dogs were so excited to find. To her surprise there were footballs, kick balls, baseballs, and frisbees that had been swallowed by the pleasant looking yet annoying Japanese Honeysuckle.

What it seemed like to me was that no one was willing to go into an unfamiliar place to seek out what was lost.

Isn’t this how our walk with Christ can be? We are called to be His disciples. His word says in Mark 16:15 “To go into the entire world and preach the Good News to EVERYONE.”

“But what if it makes me uncomfortable?”

“What if I am rejected, or made fun of?”

These are all questions we face when God is calling us to find people who are lost, just like the case of the hidden toys. If my friend wasn’t willing to dig deeper into what her dogs were yelping at, she would have never discovered the toys. To some it might not seem like a lot, but to a young child, or a “young Christian,” taking that step of getting off the comfortable path, getting dirty, could brighten a face or lift a load.

How can I take those steps?

For me, it is listening to the Spirit, feeling Him nudge my heart. You’ll know when it happens because your heart feels heavy but a heaviness that is filled with love to give to someone else.

Pray.

When you are in situations that may not be your normality, pray. The Bible says in Ephesians 6:18, “to pray on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”

One of the greatest weapons we have for others is prayer.

“Father, I submit my will to You. Reveal to me areas where I need to step out and reach into the unknown and find what is lost. Give me the strength to do so and the right words to say. We love You and ask these things in Your Son’s name, Amen.”

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