I had two thoughts when I saw this sight in front of me on Sunday.
And the moment left two impressions on me.
1. Often times in life we taunt danger and evil from inside our little barrel. And that barrel helps us feel protected. But when we really taunt it, we are welcoming it into our lives to wreak havoc. In most circumstances, something terrible happens. And we either learn from it and overcome it or are taken down by it.
2. On a completely opposite note, sometimes we need to stare our fears, like a 1,700 pound bull that is angrily pawing dirt and ready to charge, in the face.
So, after wondering which subject I should dig into, I decided to stick a small shovel just a little into each one with this post.
So, first, taunting danger.
Like I said, often times in life we taunt danger, for whatever reason. Sometimes it is just for “excitement” and other times to impress or because of an outside influence. But whatever the reason, we end up dangerously playing with fire. Often times it is not even danger we sought out (although that is the case at times) but that comes along in life’s circumstances. When this happens, we should be wise to avoid the evil, or the dangerous situation to our hearts.
“The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it.” -Proverbs 22:3
But, I know that sometimes it is tempting to get the fleeting happiness, laughter or fulfillment from pursuing these dangers/evils. It is easy to taunt danger when we feel like we are in control, even when we have no control over whatever it is we are taunting. We are warned against pursuing evil for our own gain.
“Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house to put his nest on high, to be delivered from the hand of calamity! You have devised a shameful thing for your house by cutting off many peoples; so you are sinning against yourself.” -Habakkuk 2:9-10
It is important to remember that the Lord brings us joy that is not fleeting. So even though what we have now may not seem as “exciting” to us, it is what is best. Not necessarily safe, but we need to trust the Lord that His Will for our lives be done.
That leads into my second thought: we need to face our fears. We need to trust that the Lord has our best interest in mind and He is continually challenging us and stretching us in new ways.
“Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.” -Psalm 37:5-8
Go to the Lord for your strength in a time of fear or weakness, just as David did.
Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God. -1 Samuel 30:6
And then we can sing like Moses and the Israelites after they escaped the Egyptians. Here’s a verse, check out the chapter!
“The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will extol Him.” -Exodus 15:1
So remember, as it says in Psalm 37:3, “Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.”
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9
One other reminder, mostly for me, make sure to bring your camera to a rodeo. Sorry about the photo quality everyone, its a camera phone 🙂 But here’s a few anyways…