Saturday, February 27, 2016

Learning to Walk

“He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” –from Isaiah 2:3 and Micah 4:2

Dogs aren’t born knowing how to walk (on a leash). They have to be taught. Because I saw people walking their dogs every day, I assumed dogs took to it naturally. Some do. Lexi didn’t. In fact, most dogs need some training to be able to walk calmly at the end of a leash. Teaching leash-walking isn’t easy. It’s a Level 3 skill in the series of dog-training classes we took. Even now—two years since our last Level 3 class—Lexi hasn’t quite mastered leash-walking. She still pulls and lunges sometimes. But at least we can walk together now in the general direction I want to go. We humans aren’t born knowing how to walk with God. We have to be taught. It isn’t easy. We don’t want to have restrictions put on our behavior. At the same time, we know that God’s commandments (Don’t kill; don’t covet—See Exodus 20 for the top ten) are for our own good. I’d bet that in however many days and months and years you’ve been learning to walk with God, you haven’t mastered it yet. I haven’t. But at least we and He are walking together in the same general direction.

Dear God, Teach me how to walk with you. Amen

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