Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:12
In his book Resolving Everyday Conflict, Ken Sande tells about observing a visually impaired woman who resisted the repeated warnings of her loyal and protective guide dog:
One day during my morning run I noticed a blind woman walking on the other side of the street with her Seeing Eye dog, a beautiful golden retriever. As I was about to pass them, I noticed a car blocking a driveway a few paces ahead of them. At that moment the dog paused and gently pressed his shoulder against the woman’s leg, signaling her to turn aside so they could get around the car.
I’m sure she normally followed his lead, but that day she didn’t seem to trust him. She had probably walked this route many times before and knew this was not the normal place to make a turn. Whatever the cause, she wouldn’t move to the side and instead gave him the signal to move ahead. He again pressed his shoulder against her leg, trying to guide her on a safe path. She angrily ordered [the dog] to go forward. When he again declined, her temper flared.
I was about to speak up … when the dog once more put his shoulder gently against her leg. Sure enough, she kicked him …. And then she impulsively stepped forward—and bumped square into a car. Reaching out to feel the shape in front of her, she immediately realized what had happened. Dropping to her knees, she threw her arms around the dog, and spoke sobbing words into his ear.
[tweetthis]We bump against Jesus, thinking He will somehow lead us the wrong way. We seem to think we’re the ones who can see! [/tweetthis]
Our evil, unbelieving hearts lead us to question the very one who has promised to guide us in spite of our blindness. The author of Hebrews reminds us, again and again, to consider (yet again) Jesus. He’s willing to be an apostle taking us to new places… places we never dreamed of. Yet, we bump against Him… thinking that he will somehow lead us the wrong way. We seem to think we’re the ones who can see! And in our blindness he stays with us… like a great priest… hoping to guide us to see God rather than stumble in our blindness.