I have an assignment for you. Don’t worry it is an amusing one. Take a walk in your neighborhood or in a park and watch dog owners walking their dogs. Or should I say, dogs walking their owners. It should provide you with some humorous entertainment because most owners don’t have a clue how to properly walk their dog. They allow little Fido to pull and tug and twist all he or she wants.
The leash was designed to keep both puppy and owner safe and in stride with each other.
Instead most dogs use it as a tool to dictate what they want and when they want it.
Now any dog whisperer worth his outrageous fee will tell you that proper training on the leash is so vitally important for puppy and owner. The reason most owners don’t train properly is because it takes a lot of hard work, patience and tenacity.
As you can see, there is a ways to go with Chewy, but he is slowly getting used to his leash
and the walks will be much more pleasant for everyone.
Owner sets the pace.
Puppy strides happily alongside.
That’s the goal.
God has the very same goal with us. He leads. We follow. He sets the pace. We stay by His side. When we do this, our lives are full of His blessing and remarkable treasures and we are safe in the center of His will. But, when we pull and tug…when we lag behind or run up ahead our lives are disjointed and out of sorts. We are vulnerable and exposed to evil and darkness never meant for us when we don’t learn cherish obedience to God.
Did I mention…Do Not Pull!
“You have a strong arm; Your hand is mighty, Your right hand is exalted. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; loving kindness and truth go before You. How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O LORD, they walk in the light of Your countenance” Psalm 89: 13-15
Puppies, like Molly, get to find new bugs and new chew toys and new branches and new rocks and, and, and! Each new thing brings an opportunity for investigation, challenge and research. You will rarely find a puppy bored.
And, quite frankly, we should never be bored either!
Shouldn’t we be looking for the new in our lives every day? And shouldn’t such discoveries be met with enthusiasm and delight? We certainly will never run out of possibilities. We only have the whole universe and all of eternity for exploration!!
To whom then will you liken Me That I would be his equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.
Is. 40:25-26 (NASB)
Each morning Spatzle wakes up, takes a few good stretches and then is ready to face the day…with gusto! A little breakfast here, a few good scratches there, a sniff or two under the table and well…life is just grand!
I know! You’re not a morning person. But is that really an excuse to not grab hold of every single day with all you’ve got?
It may take you a cup or two of caffeine, that’s okay. The point is to be excited, intentional and thankful about the day God has given. Easy to say and do when you’re on a cruise ship eating eight meals a day. Not so easy to do when your burying someone you love or watching your child walk out of your life or seeing your dream go up in smoke, maybe literally.
But, even those days are from God’s hand and for His purposes. Is our faith entrenched enough to be intentional for those days, to thank God for those days? Can we say with Job…
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD. Job 1:21 (NASB)
For me, I have to wonder. Because even on good and happy days, I am not always excited that, “this is the day that the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Nor am I intentional about making the most of every day. If I can’t meet the good days with fanfare how will I ever have victory on the not so good days? “Lord, increase my faith!” and let me learn this lesson well!