Moose Attack

June 12, 2000
by Michael Steckel

Philippians 4:13 – I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (NIV)

The other day we let our dog out to do her duties. She is 15 years old now, and does not get around like she used to. About a minute after letting her out, we heard her outside crying and yelping. Wondering what on earth was wrong, I went to the door and opened it. Standing just outside the door was a moose, and our dog was up against the fence. My first instinct was to close the door, because the moose was only about five feet away. I needed to get our dog, so I opened the door again, and the moose just stood there. We called our dog, and she bolted into the house. There was blood on her head and she was bleeding from her side. We thought this was going to be it for her. We got her to a vet and found that she had just taken two glancing blows. She was very lucky and is recovering.

After this happened, I wondered what I would have been able to do if the moose had been still attacking our dog. I came to the conclusion that there was nothing I could do. I could add nothing to ward off the moose. I was helpless, and it was a scary feeling.

Sometimes in my spiritual life I feel the same way. What can I do to help? At times it seems that I can do nothing. I have feelings of weakness and sorrow. Then I read the verse for today, where we are told we can do everything through him who gives us strength. This does not mean I am some kind of super-human who can do anything I want to. Instead, it means that Christ has given me strength to do his will and to deal with the situations that may arise as I do that will. So when I feel weak and helpless, I think back to this verse and remember where my strength comes from, and that it is Christ who is with me and who will help me overcome, so that his will may be done.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, at times we feel weak and helpless. We are not able to do anything, but we pray for you to give us the strength we need to do your will. Without you we cannot do it, but with you we have strength and hope. In Jesus' name. Amen.

About the author:

Michael Steckel

Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

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