The sun is shining brightly through patches of white clouds against the backdrop of blue on this frigid windy morning. In these conditions, a tired body and mind have no choice but to wake up when out walking with the dog. Our walk takes us along the creek bed, as it often does, where Rain sniffs at every tree, rock, and critter hole with delight.
“Rain, I wish I could let you off your leash so you can roam freely, but you know I can’t.”
He does not seem to mind his freedom within the confines of the leash until the neighbor’s cat scampers by, or his olfactory nerves catch a whiff of something tempting him to leap in the opposite direction.
“Now, do not look at me with those sad orbs of chocolate-brown. You know this is for your own good. I do not want you to get hurt”
Hmmm… sounds a lot like us doesn’t it? We do not mind the freedom we have in Christ until something more enticing catches our attention. He does not remove our leash but gives a gentle tug to remind us it is for our own good, to lead us from what looks to be a sure thing but in reality is hazardous. However, He does give us the choice to stay within his lead or cut the strap and chase after what will be certain disaster. (Hebrews 2:14-15, 1 Corinthians 10:23, John 15:4-9)