Opening the sliding door to the backyard, I immediately heard the thwap-thwap of the doggie door and the sound of excited paws on concrete. Like lightening, there she was, my dog Chloe rounding the corner at a high rate of speed; a wild look in her eyes and a big grin on her face. I was familiar with what came next; the crazy prancing, bouncing, backside wagging furiously. Happy to see me, yes, but there was something more important than just my company. You see, above all else she longed to be on the other side of that sliding glass door before it closed. Ah Chloe, so transparent. She was incapable of hiding her true thoughts and longings.
What she didn’t understand was that I was happy to grant her heart’s desire and invite her into the house; however, there was something we had to resolve first. Earlier, while conducting her standard guard duties on the perimeter fence line she chose the pond as her lookout post instead of her usual spot on the big rock. For unknown reasons she exchanged the superior vantage point of the big rock for the limited view of the low laying pond. Despite the fact that she was unable to understand why four wet feet hindered her access to the inside of the house, I knew just what to do to help her overcome this obstacle. So I instructed her to “sit” in the sun and wait. Now Chloe is a smart dog. She understood what I told her to do. The problem was she didn’t understand why I told her to do it. She didn’t realize the blessings that awaited her if she obeyed me. As you may have guessed, I no more than turned around and she was in the pond again. I called her name and with a sheepish attitude she returned to the appointed spot. “Sit…Stay!” We went over it again…and again. Well, long story short, she never made it into the house that day.
I thought about my walk with the Lord. All my thoughts, all my desires are bare before Him. He may plan to give me the desires of my heart, but sometimes there is work to do before I am ready to receive the fullness of what He is doing in my life. Through His Word I hear what He tells me to do, but sometimes I don’t understand why. When I fail to simply trust Him and obey His commands I miss out on what He planned for me in that situation. I need to remember Isaiah 55:8-9, His ways are higher than my ways. He desires what is best for me. He is a loving Father that knows what I need.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
Also see Psalm 139:23-24 and Psalm 61:2