Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. Proverbs 29:25
Funny thing about Sheba; she’s always been afraid of other pugs. Either that, or else she just doesn’t want anything to do with them. But put her up against a Doberman or a Rottweiler and she’ll most likely wag her tail and want to play.
The first time we noticed this we had taken her to a large gathering of pugs in a local park—a pug convention. It was funny to watch as she pulled on her leash, desperately trying to get away from every other pug that we encountered.
Later we noticed that she would even shy away from her own reflection in a mirror, apparently thinking it was another pug.
On another occasion, we were camping and a couple came by with a pug puppy, only 6 weeks old and cuter than cute! Sheba was not a happy camper; all she wanted to do was get away from that puppy who, held securely in its master’s arms, didn’t even resemble a threat. She barked and whined and pulled on her leash, trying to get us to walk away. But maybe she wasn’t afraid; maybe she was just jealous; maybe she thought we’d like some other pug better than her; maybe she wasn’t secure in the love we had for her. Perhaps she didn’t know that she is priceless and that no other pug could ever replace her in our hearts—that we could never trade her for another.
Am I ever like that? So insecure in my relationship with God that I’m threatened by others who are similar to me? Am I afraid a co-worker is going to do a better job, or jealous of another Christian who has a bigger ministry? Am I threatened because I think another person is better looking, or smarter, or more talented? Do I try to escape the presence of those who make me uncomfortable? Am I plagued by phony fears?
Perhaps what I really need to do is learn to accept who I am, the person God made me to be. Perhaps I need to accept his love and the assurances in his word that I am special and unique. Perhaps…just perhaps.