Thursday, February 16, 2012
"Where You Lead, I Will Follow; Anywhere That You Tell Me to . . ."
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
When I get home from work each day, there is Maggie, my dog, to greet me. She leaps and barks excitedly, knowing her walk is eminent.
My cat, Jordan, looks on with an air of disdain at the dog's unseemly eagerness.
I hurriedly toss aside purse and briefcase. Grabbing the leash, I coax Maggie to be still long enough to fasten it to her collar. And, it's out the door we fly!
Jordan slips out with us a promptly vanishes behind some shrubbery.
Our condo complex sits on spacious acreage and sports an endless variety of dog-walking routes. Today, Maggie and I turn left on our street and head for the common area along the main road.
She trots briskly, purposefully, until an enticing smell presents itself. Then, it's stop abruptly, sniff and sniff and sniff until sufficiently satisfied. Then, off we go again.
It is during these moments we pause that I take time to look around me instead of staying focused on our journey's direction.
That's when I catch the glimpse. It's Jordan! She glides across the grass not thirty yards behind us and slinks into a shady grove of Leland Cyprus.
She's following us! Certainly maintaining a dignified distance. She is a cat, after all.
But, yes, she is definitely following us.
Maggie and I continue our walk. Withe every halt, I scan the landscape for Jordan.
I am never disappointed.
Never too close. Never too obvious.
Probably assuming in her cat's mind that I am oblivious to her presence.
She sticks with us the entire way.
Until we near the front door . . .
Jordan's timing is impeccable. The moment the key turns in the lock and the door is cracked, in she darts with lightening speed. Beating Maggie into the house by a country mile.
First in the house!
She's had enough of following.
At least, until tomorrow . . .
Are you following Jesus closely, or are you keeping your distance?
Will you pray with me?
Help us, Father, to listen for the voice of Jesus and follow Him alone. All we like sheep will wander and stray without His benevolent guidance. We are thankful that He know us and calls each of us by name. Amen.
Psalms 105:1-22 or 105:23-45
1 John 2:18-29
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