Last week at one of the house churches, our host family was dog sitting a family member’s 7 month old cocker spaniel puppy named Gracie. Cute as could be, she just had no idea how to handle all those new people. So, she would run up to each one as they arrived, bark like mad and run away. This made for some interesting moments during worship as late comers arrived. At one point, someone said to her, “Poor Gracie, every time something changes you protest and run away to hide. Sounds like me when God is calling me to something new.” And isn’t that the truth for each of us at one time or another? Perhaps there are just too many changes around us. Perhaps we simply cannot connect yet with God’s call in our lives. Perhaps the discomfort in our lives is just too much. Whatever the reason, we do the human equivalent of Gracie’s method of dealing with life. We found it cute and somewhat endearing when Gracie did it. But, neither people nor God find it endearing when we behave that way to them. When we ‘bark like mad and run away’ from people, hurt feelings and harmed relationships result. When we ‘bark like mad and run away’ from God, we miss all the love and grace he is offering us and we show him how little we trust him. By the end of the evening, Gracie discovered that if she quietly stayed around, that she received loving pats and kisses. Just think what we might receive from others and from God if we were to do the same.