In this you greatly rejoice though now for a little while you may have to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise and honor when Jesus is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:6-9
Sheba is afraid of the water. Not long after she joined our family, we were at the beach. We wanted to play with her in the waves, but she would have none of it! We would walk into the shallow, receding tide, and she would pull away as far as she could—up to about thirty feet if we allowed her to pull the retractable leash all of the way out. A few days later, walking alongside a lake she did the same thing. We’ve also noticed that just walking around our neighborhood she strenuously avoids sprinklers or puddles of water. And if you want to make her keep her distance in the yard, just pick up the hose—it doesn’t even have to be on!
But Sheba has come to love her baths because she knows that bath time means some serious pleasure in terms of rubbing and cuddling. After all, how can you not rock and cuddle a cute, towel-wrapped bundle of pug with those huge brown eyes staring up at you with absolute love?. Her inborn fear of the water is overcome by faith that she’s going to experience incredible joy.
Faith in my master’s love also gets me through frightening situations. It replaces my fear with joy beyond measure, and I can agree with Paul, “that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).