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Tough Guy?

September 15, 2005

On my way to work without much time to spare, I was glad that, so far, I’d missed getting behind one of the many school buses that regularly travel our hilly road. As I zoomed around a curve, there, standing in the middle of the road, was a black and tan Chihuahua. He was just standing there, looking at me. Almost every morning he’s faithfully standing guard next to ‘his’ kids in their driveway, waiting for them to get on the bus. But this morning there were no kids in sight and he was right in the middle of the road. Just looking at me. I slammed on the brakes.

Casually, the tiny dog sauntered to the side of the road, racing back to the middle as soon as my car was past in a dangerous game of chicken. As I looked in my rearview mirror, he was happily running circles in the road. Probably chasing his tail, I thought. A quick glance at the clock told me I’d better hurry, or I’d be late to work.

I love animals - especially dogs - and kept thinking about those kids and how devastated they would be if that crazy dog were to be hit while playing in the street. But I had to get to work. I wrestled with myself for a few seconds before my soft side won out and I turned around.

When I rounded the corner again, you won’t believe what I saw; there was this itty-bitty dog – about the size of a baked potato – still standing in the middle of the road. But this time his entire body was tensed - all the way to the tip of his tiny tail. He was barking with every ounce of his mini-me body . . . at a school bus. He bounced with every bark like he’d been set on top of a stereo with the bass turned up too loud. Here this mere mouse of a dog had stopped a big yellow school bus. He obviously had a very high opinion of himself.

The driver was stuck-she couldn’t get out of the bus and leave the kids, but the dog wasn’t moving, either. Someone stopped their car and got out. As soon as he heard the car door open, the little dog jerked around and looked at them with an ‘uh-oh, busted’ look. His ears went flat, his tail tucked between his legs and he practically flew off the road, up the driveway and onto his front porch, where he collapsed in a corner, cowering and trembling. Apparently he wasn’t quite as tough as he thought he was.

There may be problems in your life that have stopped you in your tracks-you bombed a big test, that special someone decided they ‘just want to be friends’, your parents are fighting again or you feel like you don’t have any friends. When you can’t see a way around it and you’re as stuck as that poor bus driver, talk to Jesus. Ask Him to help-to show you what to do-and He’ll send the devil running, tail between his legs, just like that little dog.

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. James 4:7,8.

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