We have two dogs, Jack and Sam, six month old Great Pyrenees/ Labrador mix puppies. They are wonderful, loyal, energetic, and occasionally frustrating. We have an electric fence up to keep the goats out of the corn fields. The past two weekends we have had to change the routine suddenly. The dogs snuck out of the fence to follow our truck and let us know that we were leaving them behind.
The first time, a person came through our area from the city and picked them up and eventually brought them to the humane society. It took us two days to track the dogs down and get them back. This past Saturday the dogs did it again. I was home, but hubby left very early. The dogs tried to trail him. They walked to the highway and back, past our house, and then down the next road to an intersection where someone picked them up and took them to the country vet clinic.
I began looking for them immediately when they didn’t greet me at the door. I walked down the road toward the highway, calling out their names, whistling. I watched for any movement in the soybeans and cornfields. I listened for their barks. I was so busy trying to see them in places they might have gone, I forgot to look for the path they had taken.
Had I been looking for their footprints in the muddy road, I would have noticed they went down the road and then back past our house. I may have found them more quickly. I spent my time and energy looking for signs where I thought they would be, instead of watching for the signs already in front of me. The trail I was supposed to be following.
As a follower of Christ, I have spent so much time trying to follow Him where I think He should go, that I miss His steps clearly in front of me. Isaiah 30:21 says, Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left (NKJV, bold mine ).
This is what I was missing. I wasn’t listening or watching for the way I was supposed to go. I was so busy planning what I wanted to have happen, I missed it.
Marriage is the same way. I am married to a wonderful man, passionate about his family, a defender and protector of all of us. He is continuously sacrificing his wants for the family’s needs. But it isn’t the way I sometimes think it should look.
Every single time I start looking for my husband to act, think, or do something the way I believe it should be done, I miss another chance to grow with him.
O Best Beloved, how are you seeking God today? Are you trying to coordinate the path He has laid out in front of you? Are you silencing your thoughts, closing your eyes, and listening for His whisper? Take heed the words of Proverbs 19:21, Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails (NIV).
Let us choose to refocus our eyes, to silence our voices and wants, and watch and listen for God’s purposes and directions. He knows what is best for us, each and every time.
Let us follow His tracks today.