Youth - November 2014
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November 2014
by Hector Meza

Isaiah 26:3-4 "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal."

Lydia and I have been hoping to adopt a retired greyhound for quite some time now. We felt drawn to adopt a greyhound because many of them are euthanized if people don't adopt them after they're finished with their racing days. For many of these dogs it is a matter of them not being up to par. Someone finds a flaw in them (too slow, too fat, not enough predatory instinct) and deems them unworthy of service. We liked the chance of providing redemption to these beautiful creatures.

And greyhounds are very different from most dog breeds in that they are very comfortable and dependent on humans. These dogs really rely on humans so much for food, company (they don't like to be alone), and protection. Protection is probably the most important benefit. When we were at the adoption event the one warning that everyone gave us is, "You have to keep them on a leash or in a fenced-in area." The reason for this is that the greyhound is a sight hound and they can reach their top speed (over 45 mph) in three steps. If one were to get loose from chasing something it would have no way of getting back home. It would be helplessly lost. Having thin skin, they could also really hurt themselves if they didn't have an owner protecting them.

I think about our new greyhound and I can't help but ponder about how we should have that same reliance on God. So many times in my life, I find myself like that Greyhound running after something that gets my attention only to find myself lost and afraid without any way to bring myself back to my Master. The Lord literally brought this verse to me as I prepared to give a devotion earlier this week on trusting God. It blessed me because I was feeling tired and spent and God used this verse to speak life back into my soul. I encourage you to read it again now:

You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.

4 Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.

When I think about God's steadfast love, I'm taken aback. We sacrificed a lot to adopt our dog. We took a trip to Lydia's parents for supplies, spent money and time on getting things ready for the dog and fussed over whether the cat would tolerate the new addition. It was painful and stressful and it costs us many things . But we did it to rescue something that was considered unworthy in someone's eyes. How much more did the Son of God sacrifice for us who were also deemed unworthy. May you be astounded this month by the grace of the God who went into the deepest forest of darkness to bring us back home.

Hector Meza
Director of Youth Ministries
St. Paul's United Methodist Church


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