“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” –Micah 6:8
Walking my dog is like walking with God. God guides us as we walk in faith. Likewise, I’m supposed to guide my dog. But my dog—like we humans—strains to go her own way. She wants to do her own thing. When we’re walking with God, we try to do our own thing. Lexi wants to be good, but she doesn’t always get it right. She doesn’t always follow the rules she’s been taught. She doesn’t always ignore distractions. (Distraction is a trainer’s word for anything a dog would rather investigate than ignore, including other dogs, people, small furry animals, interesting smells, or anything just barely edible.) Lexi is still learning. We humans don’t always follow God’s word, either. And we don’t always ignore distractions or temptations. We want to be good, but we don’t always get it right. We’re still learning to walk in faith. Learning to walk Lexi has been a journey. Walking in faith is a journey, too. As I say to Lexi, let’s walk!