“He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.” Proverbs 28:26 (niv)
Our puppy Wilson has a “developmental disorder.” I’m sure of it.
- Is easily distracted and frequently switches from one activity to another
- Has difficulty maintaining focus on one task
- Doesn’t seem to listen when spoken to
- Struggles to follow instructions.
- Dashes around playing with anything and everything in sight
- Is constantly in motion
- Has difficulty waiting for things he wants
Wilson is a six month old Pit Bull Terrier mix who is full of energy and life. When we first brought him home, walking him was no short order. He was full of curiosity and wonder dodging from left to right unsure of which direction he wanted to take. He pulled on the leash determined to go his own way, or would come to a dead stop and we would have to tug him to get him moving again.
He tripped over himself and us, eager to go one way then would get distracted by a new smell or rustle in the brush and do a 180, spinning on his heels heading the opposite way in practically the same motion. He relied on his nose to guide him and continually found himself on a different path than the one holding the leash.
How often do we find ourselves in the same predicament?
We dart from one thing to the next, excited and curious, longing to do God’s will but unsure of which path to take. We head down one road then find ourselves chasing an enticing smell or exciting noise down another. We pull and tug desiring our own way.
It is so easy for us to be moved by our feelings or circumstances and take a path based on them. But when we travel that road we often find ourselves confused, lost and unsure until our Master whispers our name and gently calls us back to His side to turn us in the right direction.
We have a guide through this world. Someone who looks out for us. Someone who wants only the best for us. Someone who possesses unconditional patience, love and forgiveness offering it freely and abundantly.
It is when we trust in Him and follow His lead that we will find the protection, confidence and peace we desire.
“For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” 1 Peter 2:25
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8
“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9