Monday, July 16, 2007


Learning to Trust the Master by Max Lucado

A man and his dog are in the same car. The dog howls bright-moon-in-the-middle-of-the-night caterwauling howls. The man pleads, promising a daily delivery of dog biscuit bouquets if only the hound will hush. After all, it's only a car wash.

Never occurred to him - ahem, to me - that the car wash would scare my dog. But it did. Placing myself in her paws, I can see why. A huge, noisy machine presses toward us, pounding our window with water, banging against the door with brushes. Duck! We're under attack. "Don't panic. The car wash was my idea. I've done this before. It's for our own good." Ever tried to explain a car wash to a canine? Dog dictionaries are minus the words brush and detail job. My words fell on fallen flaps. Nothing helped. She just did what dogs do; she wailed…

Actually, she did what we do. Don't we howl? Not at car washes perhaps but at hospital stays and job transfers. And when our Master explains what's happening, we react as if he's speaking Yalunka. We don't understand a word he says.

Is your world wet and wild? God's greatest blessings often come costumed as disasters. Some of you doubt it. How can God use cancer or death or divorce? Simple.

He's smarter than we are. He is to you what I was to four-year-old Amy. I met her at a bookstore. She asked me if I would sign her children's book. When I asked her name, she watched as I began to write, "To Amy ." She stopped me right there. With wide eyes and open mouth, she asked, "How did you know how to spell my name?" She was awed.

You aren't. You know the difference between the knowledge of a child and an adult. Can you imagine the difference between the wisdom of a human and the wisdom of God? What is impossible to us is like spelling "Amy" to him. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts" (Isa. 55:9).

I keep taking Molly to the car wash. She's howling less. I don't think she understands the machinery. She's just learning to trust her master.

Maybe we'll learn the same…..


Rebecca said...

Thank you, I needed to read that tonight. My husband has cancer and my daugther was just diagnosed with a rare disease and it is hard to trust God right now.

Mrs. Wizzle said...

Wilna, I feel like Molly about the car wash, yech! I keep going too!

Rebecca, Remember the poem "Footprints in the sand" This is one of the times you feel you are walking alone but it is the time the Lord is carrying you. My heart goes out to you. My prayers are with you

Kelly said...

So true Wilna, so powerful. If only we could learn to let go, let go of our own expectations, our own desires, our own ideas of what would make us happy. Because we are not God, He alone knows what is best for us. He alone. I think we would save ourselves from a lot of pain and heartache if we would surrender. Daily.

Andrea said...

Wilna that you so much for sharing that....i really needed it today. God bless you :)

Lauren said...

Wilna - I have said before, and I will continueto say... you are an amazing creature that God has brought into my life just at the right time. I am thankful for you everyday because of the insight and wisdom you impart to us on your blog. I have never met you, and i possibly never will, but i will always look up to you. Thank you Wilna.

Lauren in Cape Town

Liz Ness said...

Awesome post/insights! Love the story of Amy and her awe that you knew how to spell her name. How cute/cool!

me..... said...

My friend - amazing story. Love ya

Lisa GaRainbowsAreMyBest said...

sweet wilna...
i always know that when i need encouragement, i can come here and read words to comfort me.
thank you.
i love you!

Jan Connair said...

Wilna, that post was inspired! Lovely poetic writing. Almost made me cry, but definitely made me sit up and take notice. Thanks for the words of encouragement. I think God is using you in a special way today.

Nicole Gerty said...

You do not know me and I stumbled on your blog today and I cannot tell you how you have touched me. We have been trying for a baby for awhile now and I know God has a plan but there has been no baby and your entry today has shown me to just trust that Gods wisdom is so much more than mine. Thank you for sharing what God has placed on your heart and for helping me through my tears today!

Nicole Gerty