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Fainting Goats

FaintingGoatsMy heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope. —Psalm 16:9

I have a sister-in-law who raises fainting goats. What a contrast they are to the little leaping lambs! These goats are slightly nasty and not very pretty. They meander about foraging for food until they are startled by life in the goat yard and then they just up and faint! They can’t stand to be startled, so they don’t take time to rejoice. They just faint to get away from reality. They are programmed to avoid dealing with it!

Humanly speaking, they are like women who refuse to face the truth. They don’t recognize that God is in control and in the situation that startled them. They just faint and go to La-la Land until the distress passes by. Of course, when they come to, the circumstances are still there. What good did their little escape do? The answer is none. Mature women know that no matter how much they might want to be like Scarlet O’Hara and deal with life’s realities tomorrow, that is no way to live.

No matter your circumstances, rejoice and rejoice again, because God is the author and finisher of life. He is in the middle of everything you face, no matter what. That’s worth knowing and holding on to.

Excerpt from A Grand New Day. ©2008 (Thomas Nelson) Used by permission. All rights reserved.