“You of this generation, consider the word of the Lord: ‘Have I been a desert to Israel or a land of great darkness? Why do my people say, “We are free to roam; we will come to you no more”?’” –Jeremiah 2:31
Dogs instinctively want to roam. In the wild, they would rove large areas hunting and exploring. Walking our companion dogs simulates this roaming. Walks let our dogs explore a wider territory than the backyard. This is why experts recommend varying the walk, so dogs can explore new territory from day to day. Humans instinctively want to roam, too. In every generation there are explorers and adventurers. Many of us travel for work and on vacation. Some of us just want to leave something behind. The Israelites claimed the right to roam: “We are free to roam,” they said. The Lord asked them, “Why do you say that? Have I been ungenerous? Have I hid myself from you?” Of course he hadn’t. It was the Israelites who had been unfaithful. They wandered away. They—and we—are free to roam because God gives humans free will. Yet why would anyone want to roam, once s/he has known God’s love? We roam in search of something; when we walk with God we’ve found it.
Dear God, Teach me to cease roaming and walk with you. Amen