“Go easy on those who hesitate in the faith.” –Jude 1:22 (The Message)
Lexi is always excited when it’s time to walk. When she hears me getting the treat bag from the kitchen, she comes trotting in to investigate, tongue lolling, panting with eagerness. She follows me around as I gather my coat, my shoes, the leash, the bags. But when I finally stand ready at the front door, Lexi isn’t waiting there, tail wagging. She has a little ritual of her own. First she has to scratch and then roll on the floor. Then she lets me put the harness over her head. It’s almost as if, when the moment comes, she’s reluctant to walk. Sometimes we, too, are reluctant to walk. We hesitate in the faith. Maybe we were excited to get going, eager to set out, but when the time comes we hang back, we stall, we think of something else we have to do. Jesus warns us not to prevaricate: “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62 NIV). But Jude urges mercy for followers who hesitate. God stands ready at the door, but he’ll wait.
Dear God, Go easy on me when I hesitate to walk in faith. Amen