1603) Being Afraid of That For Which You Were Made

By Randy Alcorn at:



     You may have seen the “otter video” that’s gotten a lot of traction on Facebook.  There’s a spiritual lesson here, I think.  If you haven’t seen it, here’s this four-month-old pet otter who (for some reason) is being introduced to water for the first time.  Please don’t get caught up in speculation about why someone has a pet otter and why the otter has never before been around water— maybe the otter was rescued and there were problems we don’t know about.

     So laying aside speculationslook at the video.  Despite all the TLC from the owner, the otter is terrified at the sight of the water.  Yes, terrified of the very thing he was made to enjoy and thrive in!

(If video is not shown, go to: http://www.viewpure.com/VQZD2BKiiug?start=0&end=0  )

     Since a friend sent it to me a few weeks ago, I’ve been thinking about how sometimes we shriek at some of the very things God calls us to.  Being baptized?  Giving?  Bible study?  Praying?  Church membership?  Sharing our faith?  Opening our homes?  Mission trips?  SHRIEK!!!  And then we actually do them, and we realize, like the otter, THIS IS WHAT WE WERE MADE FOR!

     So, sometimes we need to just get our shrieks out of the way as God lowers us toward the water, finally just jump in that water, and discover the wonderful things God has for us.


Proverbs 3:5-6  —  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know him, and he will make your paths straight.

Joshua 1:9  —  (Joshua said), “Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous?  Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Psalm 20:7  —  Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

Matthew 14:27  —  Jesus said to them, “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.”


When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you, God, whose word I praise.  In you, Lord, I will trust and not be afraid.  For you have delivered me from death, and kept my feet from stumbling, so that I may walk before you in the light of life.

–Psalm 56:3-4a…13