“I myself said, ‘How gladly would I treat you like my children and give you a pleasant land, the most beautiful inheritance of any nation.’ I thought you would call me ‘Father’ and not turn away from following me.” –Jeremiah 3:19
I accept that Lexi has to walk on her leash. I appreciate the control it gives me, and I acknowledge the bond it has created between us. Nevertheless, I envy those dog owners whose dogs have earned the privilege of hiking off-leash. I know Lexi would love that. I wish that she would obediently follow me wherever I go and not turn aside to chase squirrels or other temptations. Then Lexi could fully enjoy the mountains, the meadows, and the meandering creeks. God wants us to enjoy the pleasant land, our inheritance, his gift to us. He wants us to be his children. But we have to learn to follow him, to obey him, and not to turn away. However, while Lexi has to earn the privilege to walk in the open spaces, God imparts his grace to us even though we don’t deserve it. The pleasant land is waiting for us to enjoy it. Will we walk with God today?
Dear God, Help me to choose to walk with you and not to turn away from following you today. Amen