Today I took our puppy Daisy on her second walk ever with a leash. It has been fun to watch her adapting to a leash for the first time. At first she stood still and wouldn’t move – and now when I put it on she turns her head and tries to bite the leash – thinking she can get the blasted thing OFF!
When we walked today, she alternated between stopping to sniff everything in the patches of grass in neighbor’s yards – and getting tangled up in the leash, then stopping and dragging her feet so I would have to pull her. There is some road construction on the road near our home and we walked near it on our circle coming back home. She stopped and looked at the big trucks, pondered for a moment what she should do – and then turned toward home and RAN! It was all I could do to hold her back from her fast TROT – we arrived home today in record time!
And it got me thinking – who was the one leading? It should have been me – but most of the time because of her inexperience and lack of leash training – it was her.
Puppies need to be trained to walk at the same pace as their owners – and not take the lead. They need to learn true submission and hold back natural and instinctive inclinations within them – like bolting, stopping to sniff every few steps and then refusing to move, having to be dragged.
This is a picture of what I must be like to my Heavenly Father. He should be leader – but how often do I take it from Him? I like to be independent and do my own thing – stopping and getting distracted with things that look good – but that aren’t especially good for me, wasting time on the wrong things – completely stopping and giving up – even though He is with me and guiding me through tough times – and then just BOLTING – when He asks me to SLOW DOWN and walk beside Him – not getting too far ahead so I can’t tell who is leading anymore.
His gentle tug on my “leash” is a gift to me – He is still in charge of my life and sees all the dangers around me – and the temptations. He still needs to drag me through areas I don’t want to go through – and then teaches me patience at times when I want to go ahead on my own – even though my timing for things is not always right. Like our puppy on a leash – I have an invisible one that connects me to God. It is His invisible hand of protection on my life. And like the good Father that He is – He knows what is best for me – even though I sometimes can’t see it. He knows my weaknesses, and my fears – and promises to walk beside me – never taking His hand from my life for a moment, even though I may wander off on my own.
Why do I fear the unknown with Him beside me? Can I match my pace with Him? Will I ever learn true submission without question? Sometimes I think I have it – and then I fail again.
Help me to be a better “follower” – and not attempt to take “the lead” from your hand. Teach me true submission as you guide me silently through life’s circumstances and situations that I cannot see yet – or even comprehend. Being in charge of my own life is exhausting and I want to give it over to you willingly – without the hint of reservations. Help me with my stubbornness. Help me not to get ahead of your plan and purpose for me life. Help me to be ready for what lies ahead. Teach me to know the sound of your voice so well – that I obey without question when you hold me back. Amen.
What is God asking of you today? Can you match His stride? Can you do what He requires of you today?
Are you the one leading? Or is it God?
Who is leading you?