I have a friend who has three dogs. She told me that someone opened their dog pen and the fence around her house, and the dogs ran out. An attentive neighbor saw the dogs running through the neighborhood and caught the two oldest, but the youngest, just a puppy, ran off alone.
When my friend came home that night, she put on her sneakers and walked the streets for four hours looking for her puppy. Sadly, she thought, “he is so cute someone probably scooped him up”, and she went home without him.
To her surprise two days later the puppy showed up at her front door. My friend wondered how the little guy found his way home since he had never been outside the fence before, and did not know the neighborhood. Then she remembered her four hour walk, and she realized that her puppy must have picked up on his master’s scent.
When she shared the story with me I thought of our Master, Jesus Christ. I started to wonder how attentive we are to the trail that leads to Him. Do we read His map, the Bible? Do we discern His presence? Are we listening to the still small voice that speaks direction to our hearts, “This is the way, walk here”?
As my friend’s presence in the street led her puppy to her door, so too the Lord’s presence leads us. Be confident of this, no matter how far we have strayed, once we decide to return, we will find our way home.
Isaiah 30:21 NIV Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 11/8/2008 11:35 PM