Saturday, July 3, 2010

"On God's Leash"

We have the sweetest beagle on earth. But being a beagle totally governed by that wonderful nose of hers, she cannot be outside off-leash.So when Sparrow goes outside, she is always on her leash.

Sometimes when I walk Sparrow I know exactly where I want to go and exactly the route I want to follow. Usually I shorten the retractable leash and keep her close to my side. This is especially true if I perceive something dangerous to her along the way. Some days I don't have an exact route, only the destination is important. On those days, I may give Sparrow a longer leash and let her explore a little, or let her choose which turn in the road to take, as long as she leads us in the general direction we need to go. If Sparrow tries to go in a direction against my leading, a quick tug on her leash usually turns her back in the right direction.

Our dear friend Arman made the statement the other day, "I am on God's leash." Immediately I knew what he was trying to communicate. What a comfort to know that the Lord has us "on His leash". Perhaps as I do with Sparrow, sometimes He may have us with a shorter leash, keeping us closer to the path, at other times, perhaps He gives us more room, but we can never break free of His leash, nor do we ever want to. It is what keeps us near to the One who is our comfort, our peace, our safety, our joy and our wisdom.

Another friend, Steve, made the comment, "I feel crazy because I'm not worrying about anything." When the Lord Jesus holds the leash, decides the path and makes sure that we are walking in the path, of what should we worry? Our life is in His hands and who better to hold it that the One who created it?

"And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left." (Isaiah 30:21)

"The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake." (Psalms 23:1-2)

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