by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Our dog, Bear, likes to lead. He isn’t fond of being led. I attribute this to the fact he truly is an intelligent animal. Not all that obedient, but intelligent, nonetheless.
Bear believes he knows where we are headed when we go for a walk. He thinks it’s up to him to set the pace and direction. Bear strains against his leash and tries to pull us his way, his pace, urging us to follow his lead. Only, more times than not, he doesn’t know where we’re going, and he doesn’t know the pace we want to set.
As aggravating and annoying as it is when Bear behaves this way, I can’t get too upset with him. You want to know why? Because I’m very much like Bear, and perhaps you are too.
We’re intelligent creatures. We know what’s best. We have a plan, and set a pace to get where we’re going. We don’t need to follow anyone. Sometimes we head off down a wrong path, and urge God to follow and bless the way we’ve chosen instead of following God’s lead. Sometimes we set a time frame for achieving our goal, and don’t pay a bit of attention to the pace God sets in his perfect timing.
When Pilot and I moved to Texas from Florida, we had a plan and a timeline. God had a different plan and timeline.
When I set out to write books, I had a plan and timeline. God had a different plan and timeline.
Walking with Bear would be so much easier if he followed our lead and went at our pace.
I believe walking with God would be so much easier if we followed his lead, and went at his pace. God leads. We follow. Simple as that. God does have our best interest at heart, you know.
Do you have trouble allowing God to lead?
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For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:21 (NLT)
I wish you well.
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